Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who hires a room; a lodger.

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

  • adverb obsolete At a greater distance; farther off.
  • noun colloq. A lodger.

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

  • noun A person who rents a room.
  • adverb obsolete At a greater distance; farther off.

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

  • noun a tenant in someone's house

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Examples

  • I said this just as a plan to make some money, thinking a roomer could be a good thing and the we seem to get along well when working on the trike together.

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  • I said this just as a plan to make some money, thinking a roomer could be a good thing and the we seem to get along well when working on the trike together.

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  • I think, on the whole, I prefer to be a 'roomer' and 'eat out.'

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  • Now, if something romantic is going to happen it could really confuse the 'roomer' issue.

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  • Now, if something romantic is going to happen it could really confuse the 'roomer' issue.

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  • California, for example, also allows landlords who rent to no more than one roomer to advertise for a lodger of a specific sex, and it provides that certain owners who are renting to a "roomer" or "boarder" are exempt from the rest of the prohibitions against discrimination in housing.

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  • So I assume the company put out the roomer about the big “change” wirth the intent of creating a run on ketchup sending profits sky high.

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  • Maybe F&S should start a F&S Snitch program to track down those who do not meet their standards or speak complete fact, and spread roomer or satire.

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  • When she was 7 years old, she said the 50 year old roomer in her house sexually molested her.

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  • I thotted dat wuz jess roomer bowt dem sub-lemming-lol pitchers onna cammel…

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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