from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who wants, or who wants something
  • v. Eye dialect spelling of want to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who wants; one who is in need.
  • n. An unmarried person who wants a mate.

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

  • n. a person who wants or needs something


want +‎ -er (Wiktionary)
Contraction of want to (Wiktionary)



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  • Prosaic, not bodacious: it's referring to a want ad for a typist. But prosaic in a Nabokovian way.

    June 8, 2009

  • Not clear what the sense is here - one who wants? Or something more bodaciously Nabokovian?

    June 7, 2009

  • To insert the same wanter in the same paper would have been foolhardy: what if it were to bring back Lyuba, flushed with renewed hope, and rewind that damned cycle all over again?
    --Vladimir Nabokov, 1974, Look at the Harlequins!‎ p. 87

    June 7, 2009