informant

[ in-fawr-muhnt ]SEE DEFINITION OF informant
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INFORMANT

She said this calmly and quietly, as though to impress her informant and reassure him.

But how would he know this; surely you would not become the informant?

The informant has always met with misfortune, accident—whatever you like to call it.

It only hopes that your Holiness will require your informant to do so.

Accordingly the ephors questioned their informant: "How say you the occurrence is to take place?"

"I'd fight him if I were you," was the volunteered advice of his informant.

He had partisans in the Assembly, and an informant on the committee to introduce legislation.

"I did not say that Grandpapa was my informant," said she, laughing.

Our informant could give only a single specimen of the Shelta literature.

Our informant declared that there are vulgar forms of certain words.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, "someone or something that supplies information," from Latin informantem (nominative informans), present participle of informare (see inform). Meaning "one who gives information to the authorities, informer" is from 1783. As an adjective from 1890. The older noun was informer.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR INFORMANT

monitor

nounperson who watches, oversees
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.