informer informer  /ɪn ˈfɔr mər/


  • (n) one who reveals confidential information in return for money



  1. At a pretrial hearing, the cops testified that they had been tipped off by a reliable informer, whom they refused to identify.
  2. Even law-and-order advocates sometimes find their sensibilities offended by that most unstable adjunct of police work, the informer.
  3. At a pretrial hearing, the cops testified that they had been tipped off by a reliable informer, whom they refused to identify.


  1. Blog Herding: Community Edition 06/20/13

    The post-E3 hoopla continued this week as Microsoft announced new policy changes for Xbox One. Take a break from the madness with this collection of creative and entertaining blogs authored by Game Informer's online community. Blog Herding Stats: Period Reviewed: June 10 – June 16, 2013 Number of User Blogs: 100 Number of User Bloggers: 72 Number of User Blogs Herded: 11 Community Events: Extra ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Game Informer

  2. Column: Snowden versus the dragons

    By Jack Shafer (Reuters) - One measure of our culture's disdain for whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden can be culled from the pages of a thesaurus. Beyond "source" and "leaker," few neutral antonyms exist to describe people who divulge alleged wrongdoing by the government or other organizations to the press, while negative synonyms abound — spy, double-agent, rat, snitch, informer, fink, double ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. More Layoffs At EA, This Time Analysts And Internal Reviewers

    Game Informer has received word that EA has orchestrated another round of layoffs. This time, the company made cuts to its internal analysis and reviews team. This staff in this group are responsible for studying Metacritic trends and offering up critical response before titles get in the hands of journalists. This allows EA (and other publishers that employ similar departments), to get a feel ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Game Informer


  1. "They all are fighting for control of this zone because it's close to the sea and that, for them, is strategic," said Londono, who has run this church for eight years. "The young people look to them for jobs as a narco, an informer or a hit...
    on Dec 28, 2006 By: Ricardo Londoño Source: Washington Post

  2. "Snoop is a rat. He's a police informer. This is the only guy who never goes to jail no matter what. I don't like rats," Knight told Page Six exclusively yesterday.
    on Nov 30, 2006 By: Suge Knight Source: New York Post

  3. Letting judges choose, on a case-by-case basis, whether such privilege exists, "would create a significant disincentive for would-be informers to come forward, thereby eviscerating the usefulness of informer privilege and dealing a great blow to...
    on Oct 12, 2007 By: Michel Bastarache Source:

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