Definitions

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

  • noun One who wears a mask, especially a participant in a masquerade or masque.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To mask, conceal, or disguise.
  • noun A mask.
  • noun A person in masquerade; one who takes part in an entertainment where the guests are masked or disguised.

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

  • noun One who wears a mask; one who appears in disguise at a masquerade.
  • transitive verb obsolete To confuse; to stupefy.

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

  • noun One who wears a mask; one who appears in disguise at a masquerade.
  • verb transitive To render giddy or senseless; confuse; bewilder; stupefy - Holland
  • verb intransitive To be bewildered.
  • verb transitive To choke; stifle.
  • verb transitive To decay; rust.

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

  • noun a participant in a masquerade

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From mask +‎ -er.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English *maskeren, malskren ("to bewilder"; compare Middle English bimalscren ("to bewitch")), from Old English *malscrian (attested in derivative malscrung ("enchantment, charm")), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *malskaz (“haughty”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mel- (“to beat, crush, grind”). Cognate with Middle Dutch malsch ("headstrong, zealous"), Gothic  (malsks, "foolish"). More at mask.

Examples

  • Simultaneous masking occurs when a set of sounds are made inaudible by another "masker" set of sounds for the same duration as the original sound.

    Audiophile Audition Headlines

  • 'masker' being used sometimes of the players, and sometimes of their disguises.

    Milton's Comus

  • And that's how you use your instrument - as a complement instead of a masker.

    YesButNoButYes: Haterade's Idol Anal-ysis (Round of 20 Men) - 2/26/08

  • In all haste the masker crept out of his disguise, unwilling to abide a third buffet from the lance of the enraged Knight.

    The Abbot

  • Yang ini keren, harusnya pake masker tapi lagi buat mainan anak kecil, ga taw anaknya pa adeknya pa anaknya tetangganya ato adeknya tetangganya ato ponakannya ato sapanya ga taw ..

    mayoineko Diary Entry

  • I was a rider, a masker on one of the Bacchus floats.

    CNN Transcript Feb 27, 2006

  • Mardi Gras beads, but only the ones you catch, thrown by an actual masker on a float.

    My New Orleans

  • Mardi Gras beads, but only the ones you catch, thrown by an actual masker on a float.

    My New Orleans

  • “It is even as the juvenal hath said,” added the masker who spoke first; “Our major devil — for this is but our minor one — is even now at Lucina, fer opem, within that very Tugurium.”

    Kenilworth

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