General English

  • noun a person who shoots with a bow and arrows


  • noun
    (written as Archer)
    a Soviet-designed short-range air-to-air missile (AAM)


  • noun
    (written as Archer)
    £2,000. An invention by an anonymous wit in the tradition of a monkey, a pony, etc. It refers to the sum paid by the author and Tory politician Jeffrey Archer to Miss Monica Coughlan, a prostitute, to enable her to go abroad. Her return in 1987 resulted in Mr Archer bringing a libel case against the News of the World, which he won. (The synonym Jeffrey was also heard.).

Origin & History of “archer”

like arch, archer comes from Latin arcus ‘curve, bow’. Its hypothetical vulgar Latin derivative *arcārius ‘bowman’ passed via Old French archier and Anglo-Norman archer into English. The ultimate source of arcus was the Indo-European base *arkw-, from which English arrow eventually developed.