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in·form·er

 (ĭn-fôr′mər)
n.
An informant, especially one who informs against others for compensation.

informer

(ɪnˈfɔːmə)
n
1. a person who informs against someone, esp a criminal
2. a person who provides information: he was the President's financial informer.

in•form•er

(ɪnˈfɔr mər)

n.
1. a person who informs against another, esp. for money or other reward.
2. a person who communicates information or news; informant.
[1500–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.informer - one who reveals confidential information in return for moneyinformer - one who reveals confidential information in return for money
canary, fink, snitch, stool pigeon, stoolie, stoolpigeon, sneaker, snitcher, sneak - someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police
informant, source - a person who supplies information
copper's nark, nark - an informer or spy working for the police
supergrass, grass - a police informer who implicates many people

informer

noun betrayer, grass (Brit. slang), sneak, squealer (slang), Judas, accuser, stool pigeon, nark (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang) two men suspected of being police informers

informer

noun
One who gives incriminating information about others:
Informal: rat, tipster.
Translations
مُخْبِر، مُبْلِغ، واشٍ
-kaudavač
angiver
feljelentõ
uppljóstrari
informētājsziņotājs
udavač
ihbarcımuhbir

informer

[ɪnˈfɔːməʳ] Ninformante mf (pej) → delator(a) m/f, soplón/ona m/f
police informerinformante mf de la policía
to turn informerconvertirse en delator

informer

[ɪnˈfɔːrr] n
(gen)dénonciateur/trice m/f
(also police informer) → indicateur/trice m/f

informer

nInformant(in) m(f), → Denunziant(in) m(f) (pej); police informerPolizeispitzel m; to turn informerseine Mittäter verraten

informer

[ɪnˈfɔːməʳ] ninformatore/trice
to turn informer (Police) → diventare un informatore/trice

inform

(inˈfoːm) verb
1. to tell; to give knowledge to. Please inform me of your intentions in this matter; I was informed that you were absent from the office.
2. (with against or on) to tell facts to eg the police about (a criminal etc). He informed against his fellow thieves.
inˈformant noun
someone who tells or informs. He passed on the news to us, but would not say who his informant had been.
ˌinforˈmation noun
facts told or knowledge gained or given. Can you give me any information about this writer?; the latest information on the progress of the war; He is full of interesting bits of information.
inˈformative (-mətiv) adjective
giving useful information. an informative book.
inˈformer noun
a person who informs against a criminal etc.
ˌinformation ˌsuperˈhighway noun
a fast computer channel through which information, pictures etc are sent from one computer to another.
inforˈmation techˌnology noun
the study and use of electronic systems and computers for storing, analysing and utilizing information.
information does not have a plural: some information ; any information .
References in classic literature ?
He had been accused by an anonymous informer, of having killed a stag in the royal preserves.
Everybody knows you are the most selfish, heartless creature in existence: and I know your spiteful hatred towards me: I have had a specimen of it before in the trick you played me about Lord Edwin Vere: you could not bear me to be raised above you, to have a title, to be received into circles where you dare not show your face, and so you acted the spy and informer, and ruined my prospects for ever.
Barsad," he went on, in the tone of one who really was looking over a hand at cards: "Sheep of the prisons, emissary of Republican committees, now turnkey, now prisoner, always spy and secret informer, so much the more valuable here for being English that an Englishman is less open to suspicion of subornation in those characters than a Frenchman, represents himself to his employers under a false name.
That, Compeyson stood in mortal fear of him, neither of the two could know much better than I; and that, any such man as that man had been described to be, would hesitate to release himself for good from a dreaded enemy by the safe means of becoming an informer, was scarcely to be imagined.
We rewarded our kind informer for the service he had done us, and lay by till night came to shelter us from our enemies.
repeated Hiram, quailing under the honest but sharp look of the hunter; “the informer gets half, I—I believe—yes, I guess it’s half.
Edward Rose, the interpreter, whose sinister looks we have already mentioned, was denounced by this secret informer as a designing, treacherous scoundrel, who was tampering with the fidelity of certain of the men, and instigating them to a flagrant piece of treason.
This Blessington or Sutton, who was the worst of the gang, turned informer.
He had risen very rapidly, but from very dirty beginnings; being first a "nark" or informer, and then a money-lender: but as solicitor to the Eyres he had the sense, as I say, to keep technically straight until he was ready to deal the final blow.
My informer said that they lay now in one of the many buried dungeons of the palace where they had been placed pending a decision as to their fate by the tyrant of the north.
He continued to look at Fred with the same twinkle and with one of his habitual grimaces, alternately screwing and widening his mouth; and when he spoke, it was in a low tone, which might be taken for that of an informer ready to be bought off, rather than for the tone of an offended senior.
Screw carries on the profitable trade of informer, in London.