follower [fol-oh-er] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for follower on noun

  1. a person or thing that follows.
  2. a person who follows another in regard to his or her ideas or belief; disciple or adherent.
  3. a person who imitates, copies, or takes as a model or ideal: He was little more than a follower of current modes.
  4. an attendant, servant, or retainer.
  5. a person who follows or subscribes to another’s posts on a social media website: He spent hours figuring out how to get more followers on Twitter.
  6. British Informal. a boyfriend or suitor, especially of a maidservant.
  7. Machinery. a part receiving motion from or following the movements of another part, especially a cam.
  8. Engineering, Building Trades. a concrete form attached to the head of a timber pile to permit casting of a concrete cap or pier.

Origin of follower before 900; Middle English folwer, Old English folgere. See follow, -er1 Synonyms for follower See more synonyms for on 2. supporter. Synonym study 2. Follower, adherent, partisan refer to someone who demonstrates allegiance to a person, a doctrine, a cause, and the like. Follower often has an implication of personal relationship or of slavish acquiescence. Adherent, a more formal word, has implications of active championship of a person or a point of view. Partisan, ordinarily meaning a person prejudiced and unreasoning in adherence to a party, during World War II took on the meaning of a member of certain groups in occupied countries of Europe who carried on underground resistance to the Nazis.Antonyms for follower 2. opponent, adversary, enemy, foe. Related Words for follower devotee, adherent, participant, patron, advocate, believer, disciple, member, client, fan, backer, admirer, worshiper, supporter, freak, stooge, helper, minion, sectary, toady Examples from the Web for follower Contemporary Examples of follower

  • When I started writing this book, I noticed that I had a new Twitter follower by the name of Lonnie Konkel.

    Your Fake Followers Are Catfishing You: Bacon Mavens, Newt’s Fake Fans, and Other Social Media Scams

    Charles Seife

    July 3, 2014

  • Al-Zarqawi believed in the importance of purging apostates – something his follower clearly endorses.

    Why ISIS Won’t Take Baghdad

    Jamie Dettmer

    June 28, 2014

  • In early 2011, Russia warned the U.S. that Tsarnaev, who grew up in the region, was a follower of radical Islam.


    Justin Green

    April 22, 2013

  • At other times, he spoke of emulating the settler movement, of which he was a follower in his youth.

    Meet The Israeli Left’s New Ideas Factory

    Ali Gharib

    April 18, 2013

  • In July, 2012, he awarded a house to his three-millionth Twitter follower.

    Hugo Chavez: Great Timing, Awful Leadership

    David Frum

    March 9, 2013

  • Historical Examples of follower

  • A follower who has not yet obtained all that he expects to get.

    The Devil’s Dictionary

    Ambrose Bierce

  • No man lives in freedom anywhere on earth who is not his debtor and his follower.

    Latin America and the United States

    Elihu Root

  • It is no flatterer, it is no follower; it never appeals from itself.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • He is their leader and not their follower, but in order to lead he must also follow.



  • And paradise is for her who makes a follower of Moosa into a follower of Mohammed.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • British Dictionary definitions for follower follower noun

    1. a person who accepts the teachings of another; disciple; adherenta follower of Marx
    2. an attendant or henchman
    3. an enthusiast or supporter, as of a sport or team
    4. (esp formerly) a male admirer
    5. rare a pursuer
    6. a machine part that derives its motion by following the motion of another part

    Word Origin and History for follower n.

    Old English folgere “retainer, servant, disciple; successor,” agent noun from follow. Related: Followers.

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