Definitions

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  • n. Someone who pauses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who pauses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who pauses; one who deliberates or reflects.

Etymologies

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pause +‎ -er

Examples

  • The applicability of this two-word pauser cum qualifier is so tempting that this whole paragraph could be rewritten to include it in every sentence -- at the start and end of almost every sentence, I mean, and at the heart of all of them.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XX No 2

  • He was a pauser, but he was not a trailer-off of words.

    Starting from Scratch

  • I can babble on, but only if the other person is a pauser.... funny post, but so understandable.. :o

    Emergency Meditation Needed...or a Xanax

  • Still, if you're a live pauser, there's some good stuff to try here.

    The Guardian World News

  • Gestures or body English often accompany and sometimes replace the verbal context of a pauser: a shrug, a tilt of the head, a slow rotation of the hand.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XX No 2

  • And yet it used to be the main pauser in written dialogue, though it now like a quaint activity: either and haw also seems now like a quaint activity: either mimetic writers have discarded these words in favor of the way people really speak, the way certain Yiddish words in English are now spelled more phonetically, or people used to articulate their words differently, including their pausers.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XX No 2

  • In all languages, one can simply draw out the last syllable of a word as a pauser.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XX No 2

  • To support this distinction: well, another pauser that is also a word, has a similarly annoying effect when over-used this way; so do see and okay.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XX No 2

  • To end with a tautology: your pauser is whatever you habitually use to create a pause, for whatever reason.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XX No 2

  • Yet when the race is run and the end is nearly attained, the venomed shaft is hurled — the vile old demon has outstripped the pauser reason — despondency, gloom, and disappointment now reign supreme when once all was sunshine and smiles, and to suppose that one would fall from such an eminence and fail of sucess under such encouragments, — epecially the latter —, what would be the condition of one who would serve an apprenticeship of four years for the vain title of a graduate?

    Letter from William H. McLaurin to D. A. McLaurin, [October] 2, 1860

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