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

  • n. One that opens, especially a device used to cut open cans or pry up bottle caps.
  • n. Games The player who starts the betting in cards.
  • n. Games Cards of sufficient value to enable the holder to open the betting.
  • n. The first act in a theatrical variety show.
  • n. Sports The first game in a series.
  • idiom for openers Informal To begin with: "Out of 54 potential jurors, they knocked 20 off . . . just for openers” ( Joseph DiMona).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device that opens something; specifically a tin-opener/can-opener, or a bottle opener.
  • n. The player who starts the betting.
  • n. (in plural openers) Cards of sufficient value to enable a player to open the betting.
  • n. The first act in a variety show.
  • n. A batsman who normally plays in the first two positions of an innings.
  • n. The first in a series of events, items etc.; the first remark or sentence of a conversation.
  • n. The first game played in a competition
  • n. The first goal or point scored.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, opens.
  • n. A bottle opener or a can opener.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who opens: as, a pew-opener.
  • n. A tool or machine used in opening.
  • n. plural In poker, the necessary qualification for opening a jack-pot, namely, jacks or better.

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

  • n. a hand tool used for opening sealed containers (bottles or cans)
  • n. the first event in a series
  • n. a person who unfastens or unwraps or opens


From open + -er. (Wiktionary)



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  • Cricket jargon - a batsman who bats either first or second in the order and therefore opens the innings.

    November 30, 2007