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writer (n.)

Old English writere "one who can write, clerk; one who produces books or literary compositions," agent noun from writan (see write (v.)). Meaning "sign-painter" is from 1837. Writer's cramp attested by 1843; writer's block by 1950.

updated on April 09, 2014

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Definitions of writer from WordNet

writer (n.)
writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay);
Synonyms: author
writer (n.)
a person who is able to write and has written something;
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