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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 ?
If a gentleman was the victim of spies, intruders, and informers (but still naming no names), that was his own pleasure.
But I defy the treasurer, or his two informers (I will name them, and let them make the best of it) Clustril and Drunlo, to prove that any person ever came to me INCOGNITO, except the secretary Reldresal, who was sent by express command of his imperial majesty, as I have before related.
CRITO: Well, I will not dispute with you; but please to tell me, Socrates, whether you are not acting out of regard to me and your other friends: are you not afraid that if you escape from prison we may get into trouble with the informers for having stolen you away, and lose either the whole or a great part of our property; or that even a worse evil may happen to us?
Now with respect to these honours which he proposes to bestow on those who can give any information useful to the community, this, though very pleasing in speculation, is what the legislator should not settle, for it would encourage informers, and probably occasion commotions in the state.
The mob hitherto had been passive spectators of the scene, but as the intelligence of the Pickwickians being informers was spread among them, they began to canvass with considerable vivacity the propriety of enforcing the heated pastry-vendor's proposition: and there is no saying what acts of personal aggression they might have committed, had not the affray been unexpectedly terminated by the interposition of a new-comer.
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.