3. A clerk of a certain rank in the service of the late East india Company, who, after serving a certain number of years, became a factor. Writer of the tallies, a painful spasmodic affection of the muscles of the fingers, brought on by excessive use, as in writing, violin playing, telegraphing, etc. Called also scrivener's palsy. Writer to the signet. See Signet.
Origin: AS. Writere.