Definition of

Operator

  1. (noun, person) a shrewd or unscrupulous person who knows how to circumvent difficulties
  2. (noun, person) an agent that operates some apparatus or machine
  3. (noun, person) someone who owns or operates a business
  4. (noun, person) a speculator who trades aggressively on stock or commodity markets
  5. (noun, linkdef) (mathematics) a symbol or function representing a mathematical operation

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Synonyms of Operator

hustler, manipulator, wheeler dealer

Origin of the word Operator

  1. 1590s, "one who performs mechanical or surgical operations," agent noun from operate (q.v.). Meaning "one who carries on business shrewdly" is from 1828. Specific sense of "one who works a telephone switchboard" (1884) grew out of earlier meaning "one who works a telegraph" (1847). more

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Words that sound like Operator

off-roader, offertory, overdraw, overthrow, overtire, overture

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