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

  • n. One that shoots with a bow and arrow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who shoots an arrow from a bow or a bolt from a crossbow.
  • adj. comparative form of arch: more arch

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bowman, one skilled in the use of the bow and arrow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who uses a bow; a bowman; specifically, in medieval Europe, one who shot with the longbow (which see) and shaft, as distinguished from an arbalister or crossbowman.
  • n. Same as archer-fish.
  • n. The constellation Sagittarius.
  • n. A Persian gold coin, the daric, bearing the figure of an archer.

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

  • n. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Sagittarius
  • n. a person who is expert in the use of a bow and arrow
  • n. the ninth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about November 22 to December 21


Middle English, from Old French archier, from Late Latin arcārius, alteration of arcuārius, maker of bows, from Latin arcus, bow.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Middle English, from Old French archier, from Late Latin arcarius, alteration of arcuarius, from Latin arcus ("bow") (Wiktionary)



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  • That was weird.

    When I hear Pontefract I think of Richard II.

    ... Wait. I guess that's the part that's really weird.

    September 13, 2008

  • It's actually

    One of my mates was going on last year about 'winning an Archer' after getting 100 quid on a 20/1 shot at Pontefract, or so he said :-)

    September 12, 2008

  • This seems like a contrived modern slang word. I doubt it's in common use when a simple "two grand" is universally understood. Besides, though most people know the story of Archer's perjury, I'd guess few could name the actual amount of cash involved.

    Where are you getting these from, bilby? is some web design outfit, from what I can see.

    September 12, 2008

  • British slang - 2000 pounds. "From the amount of money given by Jeffrey Archer to a prostitute (Monica Coughlan) to enable her to leave the country, and in order to buy her silence over services rendered. Jeffrey Archer, ex-member of Parliament and best selling author, served a prison sentence for perjury and perverting the course of justice."

    September 12, 2008