traditional name of the supposed author of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey," from Latin Homerus, from Greek Homeros. It is identical to Greek homeros "a hostage," said to also mean in dialects "blind" (the connecting notion is "going with a companion"). But the name also has been otherwise explained.

homer (n.)

short for home run, from 1868. It also meant "pigeon trained to fly home from a distance" (1880). As a verb in the baseball sense by 1946. Related: Homered; homering.

updated on October 10, 2017

Definitions of Homer from WordNet
homer (n.)
a base hit on which the batter scores a run;
Synonyms: home run
homer (n.)
an ancient Hebrew unit of capacity equal to 10 baths or 10 ephahs;
Synonyms: kor
homer (n.)
pigeon trained to return home;
Synonyms: homing pigeon
homer (v.)
hit a home run;
Homer (n.)
ancient Greek epic poet who is believed to have written the Iliad and the Odyssey (circa 850 BC);
Homer (n.)
United States painter best known for his seascapes (1836-1910);
Synonyms: Winslow Homer
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