Definitions

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

  • n. One who conveys news or information.
  • n. A secret agent, an informer, or a spy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bringer of intelligence (news, information); a spy or informant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, sends or conveys intelligence or news; a messenger.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which sends or conveys intelligence; one who or that which gives notice of private or distant transactions; a messenger or spy.

Etymologies

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intelligence +‎ -er

Examples

  • With accents that damn us and every 'intelligencer' in the country knowing our exact descriptions.

    Arrow's Fall

  • Walsingham assigns assistant secretary and chief intelligencer John Shakespeare to investigate the scheme and quickly concludes the Drake plot is tied to the murder of a relative of the Queen Lady Blanche Howard, whose corpse mutilated with numerous stabbings was found in a London fire.

    Martyr-Rory Clements « The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews

  • She had not been many days in the castle, ere, by the aid of a female attendant, who acted as an intelligencer, she had made herself mistress of all that was heard, said, or suspected concerning the peculiarities of the Baroness

    Anne of Geierstein

  • “Mulakkin” (intelligencer) is hired to prompt and instruct the dead.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • For he will have me then reveal my intelligencer: and what may be the case between them?

    Pamela

  • Name me for your intelligencer, that you are in a bad house, and if you think you cannot now break with him, seem rather to believe that he may not know it to be so; and that I do not believe he does: and yet this belief in us both must appear to be very gross.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • We have been alarmed with notions of a pursuit, founded upon a letter from his intelligencer.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • This circumstance gives me to guess who this intelligencer is:

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • And yet, as my intelligencer acquaints me, her implacable relations are resolved to distress her all they can.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • And such, Sir, said I, in high resentment, are the uses you make of your corrupt intelligencer

    Clarissa Harlowe

Comments

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  • Let's hope not.

    September 4, 2013

  • I was thinking about verbing and newspapers (bilby's citation below, as well as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Could intelligence be a verb?

    September 3, 2013

  • Newspaper - Edwardsville Intelligencer.

    December 4, 2007

  • Also a spy:

    He owns, 'that he has an intelligencer in our family; who has failed him for a day or two past: and not knowing how I do, or how I may be treated, his anxiety is the greater.'

    Clarissa Harlowe quoting Lovelace, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    November 28, 2007

  • Has anyone heard this word not in reference to a newspaper?

    September 11, 2007