Words like 18-WHEELER

Words like 18-WHEELER

Words like 18-WHEELER

There are tens of expressions, like 18-wheeler, that start with a number and ends in the suffix -er. These are interesting words as the meaning of their suffix –er is not always “doer” as in ‘teacher’ or ‘researcher’. Let’s take a look at some popular advanced learner’s dictionaries first and find such phrases and expressions there. First up, Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary and Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.


Apart from “18-wheeler” or “eighteen-wheeler”, OALD and LDOCE’s Phrases starting with a number and ending in –er are these seven:

  • one-liner

(inf.) a short joke or funny remark:
“He came out with some good one-liners.”

  • two-hander

(esp. Br.) a play that is written for only two actors

  • two-seater

a vehicle, an aircraft or a piece of furniture with seats for two people

  • three-wheeler

(Br.) a car that has three wheels; (Am.) a vehicle that has three wheels, especially a motorcycle, tricycle, or special wheelchair

  • four-poster

a large bed with a tall post at each of the four corners, a cover over the top and curtains around the sides

  • four-wheeler

(Am.) a motorcycle with four large wheels, used for riding over rough ground, often for fun

  • six-shooter

(esp. Am.) a small gun that holds six bullets


You may think these are the only phrases which have a number at their beginning and –er at their end. However, I am going to provide you with a complete list of these words from various sources and dictionaries and you soon see that these phrases are no so scarce in the English language.

Other phrases like “one-liner” starting with ONE & ending in -er:

  • one-hitter
    a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only one hit
  • one-timer
    a shot (as in hockey or soccer) that is made by immediately striking a moving puck or ball (as when receiving a pass from a teammate) without first stopping and controlling it
  • one-acter
    a one-act play
  • one-bagger
    (inf.) single in baseball
  • one-nighter
    one-night stand
  • one-lunger
    (slang) a one-cylinder engine; a vehicle or craft powered by a one-cylinder engine
  • one-reeler
    a short film of around ten minutes duration that only takes up one reel:
    “a scenic one-reeler made in Italy”
  • one-suiter
    a man’s wardrobe case designed to hold one suit and accessories
  • one-worlder
    a person who supports or believes in any of various movements to establish a world government or a federation of nations stronger than any individual nation, for the purpose of promoting the common good; a person who believes in the possibility of peaceful cooperation among nations.
  • 1-hitter
    a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only one hit
  • 1-2 checker
    checking the microphone to see if it works
  • one-percenter
    a member of the top one percent of a population by wealth, ability, etc.
  • one-pounder
    a gun firing a one-pound shot or shell
  • one-sucker
    a tobacco produced in western Kentucky and north central Tennessee and suckered only once or topped only just before cutting and used in the manufacture of chewing tobacco
  • one-hundred-percenter
    HUNDRED-PERCENTER; a thoroughgoing nationalist
  • one-piecer
    garment consisting of or made in a single undivided piece
  • one-seater



Phrases starting with SINGLE- & ending in -er:


  • single-decker

(Br.) a bus or other vehicle that has only one level

  • single-footer
    a horse which uses the single-foot gait
  • single-seater

a vehicle that has only one seat

  • single-hander

A boat or other craft that can be sailed single-handed; a person who sails a boat or yacht single-handed

  • single-loader

a firearm in which each charge is inserted separately

  • single-phaser
    a single-phase machine
  • single-sticker

(inf.) a sailboat, esp. a sloop, having only one mast

  • single-suiter


Other phrases like “two-hander“ & “two-seater” starting with TWO- & ending in -er:

  • two-timer

(inf.) a person who deceives their partner by having a secret sexual relationship with someone else

  • two-bagger
    a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base
  • two-decker
    a ship with two decks; an old-time warship with guns on two decks; something (as a bus) having two levels or layers
  • two-hitter
    a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 2 hits
  • two-baser
    a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base
  • two-wheeler
    a 2-wheeled vehicle (such as a bicycle)
  • two-master
    a ship having two masts
  • two-suiter
    a man’s suitcase designed to hold two suits and accessories
  • two-piecer
    a garment (such as a bathing suit) that is two-piece
  • two-pointer
    (BASKETBALL) a shot from inside or on the three point line, worth two points if it is made
  • 2-hitter
    a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 2 hits
  • two-striper
    LIEUTENANT; a commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard ranking above a lieutenant junior grade and below a lieutenant commander
  • two flusher
    a dump so enormous that one must flush the toilet twice to get it all down


  • Phrases starting with DOUBLE- & ending in -er:
  • double-decker

a sandwich consisting of three pieces of bread separated by two layers of food; a bus that has both an upper and a lower level where people can sit

  • double-dealer
    a person who says one thing and does another
  • double-crosser
    a person who says one thing and does another
  • double-header
    a train drawn by two locomotives coupled together to provide extra power; two games played consecutively by the same teams or by two different teams; a coin with the impression of a head on each side; a double ice-cream cone
  • double-ender
    a ship or boat with bow and stern of similar shape
  • double-ripper
    a kind of coasting sled made of two sleds fastened together with a board, one in front of the other
  • double-dipper
    (Am. Inf.) someone who receives a government pension and salary at the same time
  • double-runner
    BOBSLED; a child’s skate with two parallel blades
  • double-parker
    One who double-parks
  • double-talker
    one who uses language that appears to be earnest and meaningful but in fact is a mixture of sense and nonsense; one who uses inflated, involved, and often deliberately ambiguous language
  • double-hatter
    a professional firefighter who also works as a volunteer firefighter, usually in a rural area
  • double-seater
  • double boiler
    a cooking utensil consisting of two saucepans fitting together so that the contents of the upper can be cooked or heated by boiling water in the lower
  • double drummer
    any of several noisy cicadas (=an insect)
  • doublespeaker
    one who uses language used to deceive usually through concealment or misrepresentation of truth
  • double adapter
    Any of several devices that allow two electrical items to be plugged into a single power outlet
  • double dresser
    a dresser having two long drawers across its width for most of its height
  • Doublenamer
    when you have a first and last name that are both first names


Other phrases like “three-wheeler” starting with THREE- & ending in -er:

  • three-decker
  • three-bagger
    a base hit at which the batter stops safely at third base
  • three-hitter
    a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 3 hits
  • three-pointer
    a basketball shot or field goal from beyond the three-point line
  • three-master
    a 3-masted ship
  • three-seater
  • three-suiter
    a man’s suitcase or garment bag of a size to hold three suits.
  • 3-hitter
    a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 3 hits
  • 3-pounder
    a gun which fired a projectile weighing approximately 3 pounds
  • 3-wheeler
    a vehicle with three wheels
  • three-plier
    a three-ply rivet; a headed pin or bolt of metal used for uniting two or more pieces by passing the shank through a hole in each piece and then beating or pressing down the plain end so as to make a second head
  • three-striper
    a commander in the U.S. Navy
  • three-volumer
    (Br.) a 3-volume novel
  • three-heater


Phrases starting with TRIPLE- & ending in -er:

  • triple-decker

something having three basic components or levels: such as TRILOGY; a sandwich consisting of three pieces of bread and two layers of filling; a 3-story dwelling with an apartment

  • triple-header
    a program consisting of three consecutive games, contests, or events
  • triple jumper
    (athletics) a person who takes part in the triple jump
  • triple dresser
    a dresser having three drawers across for most of its height
  • Tripleniner
    a very smart person; a member of Triple Nine Society, or anyone with an IQ higher than 99.9% of the general population


  • Other phrases like “four-wheeler” & “four-poster” starting with FOUR- & ending in -er:
  • four-flusher
  • (Am. Inf.) someone who tries to cheat or trick people
  • four-hitter
    a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 4 hits
  • four-pounder
    an artillery gun that throws a shot weighing four pounds
  • four-bagger

(baseball) a home run

  • four-banger

(Slang) a four-cylinder engine

  • four-seater
    a vehicle providing seats for four people
  • four-striper
    a captain in the U.S. Navy
  • four-decker
    a ship with four decks
  • four-seamer
    (baseball) a four-seam fastball
  • 4-hitter
    a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 4 hits
  • 4-H’er
    a member of a program set up by the U.S. Department of Agriculture originally in rural areas to help young people become productive citizens by instructing them in useful skills (as in agriculture, animal husbandry, and carpentry), community service, and personal development
    (Origin: from the fourfold aim of improving the head, heart, hands, and health)
  • four-laner
    a four-lane highway
  • four-master
    a 4-masted ship
  • four-piper (=four-stacker)
    a destroyer of World War I design with four smokestacks
  • fourlipper (slang)
    any female, refering to the two lips on her face and two vaginal lips (labia)


Phrases starting with FIVE- & ending in -er:

  • five-hitter (=5-hitter)
    a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 5 hits
  • five-percenter
    one that for a fee of five percent helps businessmen obtain government contracts or do other business with the government
  • five-shooter
    a revolver with a five-round capacity


Other phrases like “six-shooter” starting with SIX- & ending in -er:

  • six-footer
    a person who is at least six feet tall
  • six-wheeler
    a vehicle (such as a motor truck) with six wheels
  • six-pointer
    (inf.) a football match between two teams in similar positions in the league table, considered as being worth six points as it not only gains the winning team three points but denies three points to the losing team
  • six-pounder
    a gun discharging a shot that weighs six pounds
  • six-seater
    a vehicle providing seats for six people
  • six-banger
    six cylinder engine
  • six-master
    a 6-masted ship



  • Phrases starting with a number (7 to 10) & ending in -er:
  • seven-shooter
    a firearm, esp. a pistol, with seven barrels or chambers for cartridges, or one capable of firing seven shots without reloading
  • nine-killer
    a shrike or northern butcher-bird
  • nine-to-fiver (=9-to-5’er)
    one who works at a job with regular daytime hours
  • ten-pounder
    a large silvery-blue herring-like fish of tropical seas, popular as a game fish (also called ladyfish)
  • ten-percenter

(slang) an agent, especially an actor’s agent, whose fee is 10 percent of a client’s salary

  • ten-bagger
    a stock which rises tenfold
  • ten-wheeler
    an American type of locomotive engine having six driving-wheels and four supporting-wheels in the truck
  • ten-footer
    a small building ten feet square


Phrases starting with a larger number & ending in -er:

  • forty-skewer

an Australian scorpion fish having along the back venomous erectile spines capable of inflicting painful wounds

  • hundred-percenter

(Am.) an extreme or unjustified nationalist

  • 12 o’clock flasher
  • (inf.) a person who is unwilling or unable to learn how to use all but the most basic functions of the electronic appliances he or she possesses
  • fifteen-pounder
    a gun whose missile weighs 15 pounds
  • hundred-footer
    a lesbian who you can spot her sexuality from a hundred feet away.
  • thousand-legger
  • thousand-miler
    a dark shirt (as worn by railroad men) that does not show dirt