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I have tried to use candidate or queue member to indicate a person waiting in a queue, but the former is not accurate and the latter is not a noun.

Is there a better word for a person waiting in queue?

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"queue member" is indeed a noun. What makes you think it's not? –  Mark Beadles Jul 31 '12 at 13:32
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"The frustrated"? –  JLG Jul 31 '12 at 13:44
    
@MarkBeadles I mean a single noun –  yangchenyun Jul 31 '12 at 15:26
    
You don’t know how much I wish the correct answer were a cutie. –  tchrist Jul 31 '12 at 23:17

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Someone who waits in a queue is a queuer1.

For example

Look at all those queuers queuing! I wonder what they're waiting for.

1 "queuer, n.". OED Online. June 2012. Oxford University Press. http://oed.com/view/Entry/156388?redirectedFrom=queuer (accessed July 31, 2012).

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I can't access the link you offer as it requires some kind of login. But it seems to me that a queuer would be a person who makes a queue by being in one, and a queuee would be a person who had a queue imposed upon them. It seems queuee is not in any dictionary, though, so I'm of the opinion that it's a lexigal gap. :) –  Dave M G Jul 31 '12 at 10:18
    
Hm. That's queer... –  asymptotically Jul 31 '12 at 10:40
    
You can try these queuer 1. One who, or that which, queues; a person waiting in line [en.wiktionary.org/wiki/queuer] -- 2. an entity that queues [websters-online-dictionary.org/definitions/Queuer] and many more at [google.com/search?q=queuer] –  Kris Jul 31 '12 at 11:26

In queueing theory, the common word to refer to people waiting for service is customers.

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'Customer' is adopted as a convenient metaphor in the context you mentioned. The word does not suit the OP's need, though. –  Kris Jul 31 '12 at 11:16

In normal speech it’s quite common to simply refer to “the people in the queue”.

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I agree with 'people (or those)in the queue' but 'queuers' must be theoretically correct, if rather ugly, since 'to queue' is indeed a verb. –  Barry Brown Jul 31 '12 at 19:44
    
@BarryBrown So? English makes nouns from verbs by adding -er to them all the time: sneakers, accuser, killer, runner, meddler, shooter, tweezers — just to name a few. –  tchrist Jul 31 '12 at 22:59
    
Indeed - "queuers" is quite correct, but perhaps not as idiomatic. –  Dominic Cronin Aug 1 '12 at 10:52

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