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?

  • "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 – steveyang 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

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).

  • 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. :) – Questioner Jul 31 '12 at 10:18
  • Hm. That's queer... – notablytipsy 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.

  • '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”.

  • 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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