A Dictionary of the English Language
                        A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson
        Search Transcribed Entries:

Gainer

View Scan · View Transcription · from page 878

View Scan · View Transcription · from page 878

Gáiner. n.s. [from gain.] One who receives profit or advantage.

The client, besides retaining a good conscience, is always a gainer, and by no means can be at any loss, as seeing, if the composition be overhard, he may relieve himself by recourse to his oath. Bacon's off. of Alienation.

            If what I get in empire
I lose in fame, I think myself no gainer.
Denham's Sophy.

He that loses any thing, and gets wisdom by it, is a gainer by the loss. L'Estrange, Fable 59.

By extending a well regulated trade, we are as great gainers by the commodities of many other countries as those of our own nation. Addison's Freeholder.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Denham, John (75) · L'Estrange, Roger (131)

Attributes: No attributes defined yet for this entry.

Search for this word in: American Heritage · Cambridge · Dictionary.com · The Free Dictionary · Longman · Merriam-Webster · OneLook · Oxford Dictionaries · Vocabulary.com · Wiktionary · Wordnik

Discuss this entry in the forums.

Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Gainer." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 1, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5228.


Leave a Reply


Disclaimer:
johnsonsdictionaryonline.com is completely free to use. Johnson's dictionary is in the public domain, but please respect the hours of work put into this site by linking to it or crediting it. This site assumes no liability for its content or for the content of external sites linked to it, and has no warranty or guarantee concerning accuracy or availability.