Meaning of writer in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrʌɪtə/

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  • 1A person who has written something or who writes in a particular way.

    ‘the writer of the letter’
    • ‘A number of commentators, including letter writers to this newspaper, have made the point, banging on about the general rottenness of modern life.’
    • ‘Creative leeway has always been granted to those novelists and letter writers who are able to pull off a controversial use of rhetoric with talent and grace.’
    • ‘There also is usually a diverse mix of essayists and letter writers on our op-ed page.’
    • ‘Cavell's writing displays the rhetorical features that we've seen in novelists and prose writers alike as they perform their thoughts.’
    • ‘That's a method you normally associate with novelists and prose writers rather than comics.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, commentators and letter writers seemed to turn up the heat.’
    • ‘I found the comments by a letter writer in the December issue about the top ten eligible players not in the Hall of Fame most interesting.’
    • ‘An ombudsman will be appointed as a final level of review to help resolve disputes between authors and letter writers in a fair manner.’
    • ‘The case against the letter writers can be reduced to this: they no longer knew the difference between private and public.’
    • ‘We shared an office as thesis writers back in the days of '99.’
    1. 1.1A person who writes books, stories, or articles as a job or occupation.
      ‘Dickens was a prolific writer’
      • ‘a writer of short stories’
      • ‘Members include a variety or writers and would vary from scribblers to novelists, poets, and writers of short stories and writers for children.’
      • ‘Alex Ninian is a travel writer whose articles on India and other countries have appeared in numerous British and American publications.’
      • ‘‘The book is about growing old as a man,’ says short story writer, novelist and playwright Carl Nixon.’
      • ‘From Joburg to Jozi is a compilation of short stories by writers and journalists who live or who have lived in the city.’
      • ‘When Marcus founded Irish Writing in 1946, he courted writers of short stories and poetry, rather than novelists, to fill its pages.’
      • ‘Elisabeth Hurst is a writer of short stories; Jo Rittenhouse is a poet.’
      • ‘Mansfield, born in turn-of-the-century New Zealand, was one of the first modern short story writers to fuse prose and poetry.’
      • ‘Today, Dave is a lobster fisherman, while Maureen is both a fisher and a writer of short stories, novels, poetry, and children's literature.’
      • ‘Gurdev Singh Ropana is an acclaimed writer of short stories and novels in Punjabi.’
      • ‘The short story writers I have enjoyed most recently are Etgar Keret and Jhumpa Lahiri.’
      • ‘Through his British publisher, Crane met the writer Joseph Conrad, who became his close friend.’
      • ‘Science fiction writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury and H.G. Wells have written about life on and invaders from Mars.’
      • ‘First print runs for established literary fiction writers such as Margaret Atwood tend to average 30,000 or 40,000.’
      • ‘And as a bonus there are a few literary/review essays on writers like Nabokov, Sebald and Evelyn Waugh.’
      • ‘Dryden is also one of the first writers of English literary criticism.’
      • ‘This connection to both local and global urban realities has generated a range of critical responses from culture brokers and art writers.’
      • ‘Also, they all work in creative fields - artists, musicians, writers, architectural photographers, cartoonists.’
      • ‘The Trust now holds regular readings of Wordsworth's works, using actors, and employs writers and artists in residence to breathe life into the poet's legacy.’
      • ‘The play is part of the Shell Connections project which involves the UK National Theatre commissioning ten professional writers to write new work for youth theatre.’
      • ‘The project paid for theatre productions and kept professional actors, writers and theatre workers employed.’
      author, wordsmith, man of letters, woman of letters, penman, creative writer
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  • 2Computing
    A device that writes data to a storage medium.

    ‘a CD writer’
    • ‘Support for multimedia devices such as CD writers is improved but SuSE support for scanners, though improved, remains less than perfect.’
    • ‘You could use a zip drive, a CDR / DVD writer, a USB drive or a secure online storage service.’
    • ‘Goods seized included 1000s of illegal copies of software, music and films plus PCs, CD / DVD writers and video recorders.’
    • ‘Like most of the DVD writers of the last 6 months, there is no headphone jack or volume control on the front of the DRW8800.’
  • 3 historical A scribe.

    1. 3.1 archaic A clerk, especially in the navy or in government offices.


    writer's block
    • The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.

      ‘the novelist recovered from a two-year bout with writer's block’
      • ‘I've been trying for some time to help Suzy overcome a bad case of writer's block, partly by encouraging her to blog.’
      • ‘Some call it writer's block, others, cruelly, call it a lack of creativity.’
      • ‘From his output, you wouldn't think Stephen King suffered from writer's block.’
      • ‘Father had had writer's block since writing his last novel, Jacob Wrestling.’
      • ‘Sorry that this chapter took so long, but I was having serious writer's block.’
    writer's cramp
    • Pain or stiffness in the hand caused by excessive writing.

      ‘muscular disorders including tennis elbow and writer's cramp’
      • ‘Their definition of a disease is loose, at best; the list includes everything from cancer and AIDS to constipation, colour blindness, writer's cramp and the hiccups.’
      • ‘Getting writer's cramp in the midst of What Maisie Knew, Henry James hired a shorthand typist and his style changed accordingly.’
      • ‘A fellow joked afterwards that I should have writer's cramp what with all the books I had to sign.’
      • ‘But even when mild, such spasm can be undesirable, as in writer's cramp or the analogous problems for musicians.’
      • ‘I've been scribbling a lot recently, so much that writer's cramp has set in.’


Old English wrītere (see write).