Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who wears a mask, especially a participant in a masquerade or masque.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who wears a mask; one who appears in disguise at a masquerade.
  • v. To render giddy or senseless; confuse; bewilder; stupefy - Holland
  • v. To be bewildered.
  • v. To choke; stifle.
  • v. To decay; rust.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who wears a mask; one who appears in disguise at a masquerade.
  • transitive v. To confuse; to stupefy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mask, conceal, or disguise.
  • n. A mask.
  • n. A person in masquerade; one who takes part in an entertainment where the guests are masked or disguised.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a participant in a masquerade

Etymologies

From Middle English *maskeren, malskren ("to bewilder"; compare Middle English bimalscren ("to bewitch")), from Old English *malscrian (attested in derivative malscrung ("enchantment, charm")), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *malskaz (“haughty”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mel- (“to beat, crush, grind”). Cognate with Middle Dutch malsch ("headstrong, zealous"), Gothic  (malsks, "foolish"). More at mask. (Wiktionary)
From mask +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Simultaneous masking occurs when a set of sounds are made inaudible by another "masker" set of sounds for the same duration as the original sound.

    Audiophile Audition Headlines

  • 'masker' being used sometimes of the players, and sometimes of their disguises.

    Milton's Comus

  • In all haste the masker crept out of his disguise, unwilling to abide a third buffet from the lance of the enraged Knight.

    The Abbot

  • And that's how you use your instrument - as a complement instead of a masker.

    YesButNoButYes: Haterade's Idol Anal-ysis (Round of 20 Men) - 2/26/08

  • Yang ini keren, harusnya pake masker tapi lagi buat mainan anak kecil, ga taw anaknya pa adeknya pa anaknya tetangganya ato adeknya tetangganya ato ponakannya ato sapanya ga taw ..

    mayoineko Diary Entry

  • Mardi Gras beads, but only the ones you catch, thrown by an actual masker on a float.

    My New Orleans

  • I was a rider, a masker on one of the Bacchus floats.

    CNN Transcript Feb 27, 2006

  • “It is even as the juvenal hath said,” added the masker who spoke first; “Our major devil — for this is but our minor one — is even now at Lucina, fer opem, within that very Tugurium.”

    Kenilworth

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  • On this occasion, however, there was a fourth masker, that hoary sinner and cynical humorist the poet Abu Nowas.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

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