Meaning of DRIVER in English
driv ‧ er S1 W2 /ˈdraɪvə $ -ər/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[ Word Family: noun : ↑ drive , ↑ driver , ↑ driving ; verb : ↑ drive ; adjective : ↑ driving ]
1 . someone who drives a car, bus etc ⇨ chauffeur :
a taxi driver
Do you think you’re a good driver?
2 . technical a piece of software that makes a computer work with another piece of equipment such as a printer or a mouse
3 . a ↑ golf club with a wooden head
⇨ back seat driver at ↑ back seat (2), ⇨ Sunday driver at ↑ Sunday (3)
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■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + driver
▪ a taxi/bus/truck etc driver
Car drivers face a new daily charge to enter the capital.
▪ a racing driver (=driving racing cars in competitions)
world famous racing drivers like Lewis Hamilton
▪ a good driver
He thinks he’s a very good driver.
▪ a careful/safe driver
Since I had the accident, I’m a much more careful driver.
▪ a bad driver
There are a lot of bad drivers on the roads.
▪ a dangerous driver
Some young men tend to be dangerous drivers.
▪ a reckless driver (=taking risks and not worrying about the results)
Reckless drivers should be given more severe punishments.
▪ a drunken/drunk driver (=who has drunk too much alcohol)
Her husband was killed by a drunken driver.
▪ a hit-and-run driver (=in which a car driver hits someone and does not stop)
The boy was in hospital after being knocked down by a hit-and-run driver.
▪ a learner driver (=who is learning to drive)
Learner drivers spend a lot of money on driving lessons.
▪ an experienced driver (=who has a lot of experience of driving)
Young drivers are ten times more likely to be killed on the road than experienced drivers.
▪ an inexperienced driver (=who does not have much experience of driving)
Many accidents are caused by young or inexperienced drivers.
▪ a delivery driver (=delivering goods to a place)
He’s a delivery driver for a pizza takeaway restaurant.
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▪ driver someone who regularly drives, or someone who is driving a car, train, etc at a particular time:
Car drivers now pay more than ever for fuel.
The coach was badly damaged, but the driver was unhurt.
▪ motorist [usually plural] especially written someone who drives a car – used especially when talking about car drivers in general:
increased taxes on the motorist
Motorists who are caught speeding have to pay a heavy fine.
▪ chauffeur someone whose job is to drive a car for someone else:
He was picked up by a chauffeur in a limousine.
▪ trucker American English informal someone who drives a truck:
Mexico has no limit on how many hours truckers can drive daily.
▪ road hog informal someone who drives dangerously, without considering the safety of other people on the road, for example by not letting other drivers pass:
Some road hogs drive at well below the speed limit, because they want to use their mobile phones.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012