Definitions

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

  • n. A device that automatically switches an electric lamp off and on, as in a commercial display sign.
  • n. Slang One who engages in indecent exposure; an exhibitionist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Anything that flashes, especially a device that switches a light on and off.
  • n. A person who exposes their genitals or female nipples.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, flashes.
  • n. A man of more appearance of wit than reality.
  • n.
  • n. A large sparoid fish of the Atlantic coast and all tropical seas (Lobotes Surinamensis).
  • n. The European red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio); -- called also flusher.
  • n. An exhibitionist{1}, especially a male, who briefly exposes his private parts in a public place.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which flashes.
  • n. Specifically One who makes a show of more wit than he possesses.
  • n. A hot boiler into which water is injected in small quantities and flashed into steam by the heat.
  • n. A rower.
  • n. In ichth, an acanthopterygian fish, the tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis, of the family Lobotid├Ž (which see); any lobotid.
  • n. Same as flusher.
  • n. A device for automatically lighting and extinguishing incandescent lamps or groups of lamps: used especially in the operation of electric advertising-signs.

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

  • n. an electrical device that automatically turns a lamp on and off (as for an advertising display)
  • n. someone with a compulsive desire to expose the genitals
  • n. a light that flashes on and off; used as a signal or to send messages

Etymologies

flash + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "A lot of times, it's evidence that will take you to your next step in the investigative lead, so it will tell us who this person has been in touch with or who they've been emailing or texting," said Richard Mislan, Ph. D., a cyber-forensic researcher at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. To help dig up digital evidence and catch criminals, cyber-forensic researchers use a device called a flasher box.

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  • It's always an awkward moment when a toddler enters his "flasher" phase.

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  • This kind of flasher, along with most animated and large signage along Route 66 in Albuquerque was eliminated as a result of LadyBird Johnson's "beautify America" campaign.

    Albloggerque

  • New Yorkers get ready for the Ford "flasher" express.

    CNN Transcript Aug 2, 2004

  • Ms Forrester said Hemer would regularly use the internet to google Crime Stoppers to check on police information, go online for local newspapers and type in key words such as "flasher",

    National Nine News

  • I genuinely thought it was a female "flasher" or a take off for a pole dancer.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • According to police reports, Ms. Cole was exposed to a 'flasher' who exposed his private parts during a dinner engagement at

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  • So, all of this left us with the "flasher" plug sitting on the console in the jeep when my son took me to lunch today.

    Parenting Teens

  • I called my dad and told him that I thought a fuse blew and he said no, it was the 'flasher' and he'd go get the part.

    Parenting Teens

  • (09 / 18 / 2006) Two recent expeditions led by conservation International (CI) to the heart of Asia'Coral Triangle 'discovered dozens of new species of marine life including epaulette sharks,' flasher 'wrasse and reef-building coral, confirming the region as the Earthapos; s richest seascape.

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