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From string + -er ("agent").
stringer (plural stringers)
- Someone who threads something; one who makes or provides strings, especially for bows.
- Be content to put your trust in honest stringers.
- Someone who strings someone along.
- A horizontal timber that supports upright posts, or supports the hull of a vessel.
- The side rail supporting the rungs of a ladder or the steps of a flight of stairs.
- A small screw-hook to which piano strings are sometimes attached.
- A freelance correspondent not on the regular newspaper staff, especially one retained on a part-time basis to report on events in a particular place.
- (sports) A person who plays on a particular string.
- (surfing) Wooden strip running lengthwise down the centre of a surfboard, for strength.
- Line up the 1/2 template with the stringer (or draw a center line) — Stephen Pirsch 
- (baseball, slang, 1800s) A hard-hit ball.
- (fishing) A cord or chain, sometimes with additional loops, that is threaded through the mouth and gills of caught fish.
- 1970, Field & Stream (volume 75, number 7, page 76)
- "Okay, that's a keeper," Harold said as he netted the 3-pounder and put him on a stringer over the side of the boat.
- A pallet or skid used when shipping less than truckload (LTL) freight. A platform typically constructed of timber or plastic designed such that freight may be stacked on top, able to be lifted by a forklift.
- (obsolete) A libertine; a wencher.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)
one who strings someone along
horizontal timber or piece
person who plays on a string
wooden strip on a surfboard