Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that shoots with a bow and arrow.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Persian gold coin, the daric, bearing the figure of an archer.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Same as archer-fish.
  • noun The constellation Sagittarius.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French archier, from Late Latin arcārius, alteration of arcuārius, maker of bows, from Latin arcus, bow.]

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from Middle English, from Old French archier, from Late Latin arcarius, alteration of arcuarius, from Latin arcus ("bow")

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Examples

  • The archer is not responsible; instead he has channeled spirituality in a manner ignorant of the confines of his self, and indifferent to the external effect.

    Zen and Learning « Tales from the Reading Room 2010

  • From a laudable desire to assert the dignity of his theme, Procopius defends the soldiers of his own time against the morose critics, who confined that respectable name to the heavy-armed warriors of antiquity, and maliciously observed, that the word archer is introduced by Homer 8 as a term of contempt.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 1206

  • The second movement was called the archer because it separated the arms in a bow-stretching action.

    Arthur Rosenfeld: Quiet Teacher 2009

  • The archer is a past master, but also a masterpiece, of devastating stillness.

    Terracotta Army exhibition at the British Museum 2007

  • The archer is a past master, but also a masterpiece, of devastating stillness.

    Archive 2007-09-01 2007

  • The 1st apperance splash of the archer was a direct copy of my friend's character concept splash.

    Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #127 | Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources 2007

  • Iyarri Anatolian god of war and plagues, known as an archer “Lord of the Bow”, similar to Greek god Apollo.

    The Trojan War Barry Strauss 2006

  • Iyarri Anatolian god of war and plagues, known as an archer “Lord of the Bow”, similar to Greek god Apollo.

    The Trojan War Barry Strauss 2006

  • He could see that the archer was a man of honor and fairness.

    Kaz the Minotaur Knaak, Richard A. 2004

  • For example, he left out the fact that the archer was his ex-girlfriend who, by the way, was on Portland State's archery team and had a restraining order against her ex.

    Missing Justice Burke, Alafair 2004

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  • 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."

    - peevish.co.uk

    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? peevish.co.uk is some web design outfit, from what I can see.

    September 12, 2008

  • It's actually www.peevish.co.uk/slang

    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

  • 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