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

  • n. One that calls, especially a party placing a telephone call.
  • n. A person paying a short social visit.
  • n. A person who calls out numbers or directions, as at a bingo game or a square dance.
  • adj. Scots Fresh.
  • adj. Scots Cool and refreshing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The person who made a telephone call.
  • n. A visitor.
  • n. The person who stands at the front of the hall and announces the numbers.
  • n. The function that calls another (the callee).
  • n. A whistle or similar item used to call foxes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who calls.
  • adj. Cool; refreshing; fresh.
  • adj. Fresh; in good condition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who calls, in any sense of the verb; especially, one who pays a short complimentary visit.
  • Cool; refreshing: as, a caller breeze
  • Fresh; in proper season: applied chiefly to fish: as, caller herrings.

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

  • n. the person initiating a telephone call
  • adj. fresh
  • adj. providing coolness
  • n. a social or business visitor
  • n. someone who proclaims or summons in a loud voice
  • n. the person who convenes a meeting
  • n. an investor who buys a call option
  • n. the bettor in a card game who matches the bet and calls for a show of hands
  • n. a person who announces the changes of steps during a dance


Middle English calour, alteration of calver.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Agent noun of call. (Wiktionary)



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  • Caller, fresh, cool. There is no exact English synonym for this word. " Caller herrin," " Caller haddie," and "Caller ow" are familiar cries to Edinburgh people, and to all strangers who
    visit that beautiful city.

    Sae sweet his voice, sae smooth his tongue,

    His breath's like caller air ;
    His very foot has music in't
    When he comes up the stair.

    MICKLE : There's nae Luck

    about the House.
    Upon a simmer Sunday morn,
    When Nature's face is fair,
    I walked forth to view the corn
    And snuff the caller air.

    BURNS: The Holy Fair.

    From Mackay's Dictionary of Lowland Scotch.

    January 18, 2009

  • A’ ye wha canna stand sae sicker,
    Whan twice ye’ve toom’d the big
    Mix caller oysters wi your liquor,
    And I’m your debtor
    If greedy priest or drouthy vicar
    Will thole it better.

    Auld Reekie’s 18th-century James Dean

    big ars'dbicker?

    January 18, 2009

  • In Scots this means fresh. Fergusson has a line I think about caller oysters (or whatever oysters is in Scots, I'll check).

    January 18, 2009