Chieftain vs Ringer - What's the difference?

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Chieftain is a related term of ringer.


As nouns the difference between chieftain and ringer

is that chieftain is a leader of a clan or tribe while ringer is (label) a fan of the novel (the lord of the rings) by and/or the film trilogy based on it.

chieftain

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A leader of a clan or tribe.
  • A leader of a group, e.g. a robbers' chieftain.
  • Synonyms

    * (A very powerful person) chief, big gun, big shot, big wheel, bigwig, boss, employer, foreman, head, heid bummer, leader, mandarin, manager, mover and shaker, top banana, top dog, tycoon

    ringer

    English

    Etymology 1

    From .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Someone who rings, especially a bell ringer.
  • * 1863 , ,
  • Pull, if ye never pull?d before;
    Good ringers , pull your best," quoth he.
  • (mining) A crowbar.
  • (Simmonds)

    Etymology 2

    From .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (games) In the game of horseshoes, the event of the horseshoe landing around the pole.
  • (uncountable, games) A game of marbles where players attempt to knock each other's marbles out of a ring drawn on the ground.
  • Etymology 3

    Probably from ring the changes.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (horse racing) A horse fraudently entered in a race using the name of another horse.
  • (sport) A person highly proficient at a skill or sport who is brought in, often fraudulently, to supplement a team.
  • A person, animal, or entity which resembles another so closely as to be taken for the other; now usually in the phrase dead ringer .
  • Derived terms
    * dead ringer

    Etymology 4

    .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (UK, dialect) A top performer.
  • (Australia) The champion shearer of a shearing shed.
  • (Australia) A stockman, a cowboy.
  • * 1964 , Alec Bolton, Walkabout?s Australia , , page 107,
  • The ringers are the stockmen on a station. The cattle pass through their hands before the drovers lift them and take them along the stock routes that lead to the killing pens in cities.
  • * 1987 , Geoffrey Atkinson, Philip Quirk. The Australian Adventure: The Explorer?s Guide to the Island Continent , page 175,
  • This vast holding is run by six ringers' and six boys. A '''ringer''' is a qualified stationhand and a boy is a trainee. It takes four years for a boy to become a ' ringer .
  • * 2005 , Jake Drake, The Wild West in Australia and America , page 156,
  • Most people associated with the Australian beef industry believe the ringer?s skill of throwing cattle by the tail to be a practice that is purely Australian. There is ample evidence however, that it was practised in South and Central America long before it was developed here.

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