from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Games A horseshoe or quoit thrown so that it encircles the peg.
- n. One that rings, especially one that sounds a bell or chime.
- n. Slang A contestant entered dishonestly into a competition.
- n. Slang One who bears a striking resemblance to another: a ringer for his father.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who rings, especially a bell ringer.
- n. In the game of horseshoes, the event of the horseshoe landing around the pole.
- n. A game of marbles where players attempt to knock each other's marbles out of a ring drawn on the ground.
- n. A horse fraudently entered in a race using the name of another horse.
- n. A person highly proficient at a skill or sport who is brought in, often fraudulently, to supplement a team.
- n. A person, animal, or entity which resembles another so closely as to be taken for the other; now usually in the phrase dead ringer.
- n. A top performer.
- n. The champion shearer of a shearing shed.
- n. A stockman, a cowboy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, rings; especially, one who rings chimes on bells.
- n. A crowbar.
- n. A horse that is not entitled to take part in a race, but is fraudulently got into it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In quoits, a throw by which the quoit is cast so as to encircle the pin.
- n. One who rings; specifically, a bell-ringer.
- n. Any apparatus for ringing chimes, or a bell of any kind.
- n. In mining, a crowbar.
- n. In athletics, one who competes in some way under deception, concealing his identity, ability, or standing.
- n. In racing, a horse entered in a race with intent to deceive.
- n. In sheep-shearing, one who rings or tops the score. See ring.
- n. In general, one who excels others, as if able to run rings around his competitors and still keep ahead. See ring.
- n. A supplementary enthusiastic cheer.
- n. In telephony, an electric call-ben.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (horseshoes) the successful throw of a horseshoe or quoit so as to encircle a stake or peg
- n. a person who rings church bells (as for summoning the congregation)
- n. a person who is almost identical to another
- n. a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses
From ring (“to sound a bell”) + -er. (Wiktionary)
From ring ("to surround"). (Wiktionary)
Probably from ring the changes. (Wiktionary)