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

  • n. One who rents a room or rooms in which to live; a lodger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who rents a room.
  • adv. At a greater distance; farther off.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. At a greater distance; farther off.
  • n. A lodger.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who hires a room; a lodger.

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

  • n. a tenant in someone's house


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  • n. (N.Am.) lodger, tenant

    They took in sewing and washing and ironing, and there was always a roomer in the front room upstairs, but they often found it hard to scrape together ten dollars on the first of the month to pay Mr Lisle, a landlord out of Horatio Alger, who collected his rents in person, and on foot.

    —James Thurber, 1952, 'Daguerreotype of a Lady', in The Thurber Album

    first OED quotation 1871: Roomer, a word used by landladies to designate a lodger or occupant of a room who takes his meals elsewhere.

    July 10, 2008