Definitions for -er

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

erə, ər(interj.)

  1. (used to express or represent a pause, hesitation, uncertainty, etc.)


  1. efficiency report.

  2. emergency room.


  1. erbium.

    Category: Chemistry

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  1. a noun suffix occurring in loanwords from French in the Middle English period, most often names of occupations (butcher; carpenter; grocer; mariner; officer), but also other nouns (corner; danger; primer).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix

Origin of -er:

ME < AF -er, OF -ier < L -ārius, -ārium. Cf. -ary , -eer , -ier2


  1. a termination of nouns denoting action or process, occurring orig. and predominantly in loanwords from French or Anglo-French:

    dinner; rejoinder; remainder.

    Category: Affix

Origin of -er:

< AF or OF, orig. inf. suffix -er, -re


  1. a suffix regularly used in forming the comparative degree of adjectives:

    harder; smaller.

    Category: Affix

Origin of -er:

ME -er(e), -re, OE -ra, -re; c. G -er


  1. a suffix regularly used in forming the comparative degree of adverbs:


    Category: Affix

Origin of -er:

ME -er(e), -re, OE -or; c. OHG -or


  1. a formative appearing in verbs having frequentative meaning:

    flicker; flutter; shiver; shudder.

    Category: Affix

Origin of -er:

ME; OE -r-; c. G -(e)r-


  1. Chiefly Brit. a suffix that creates informal or jocular mutations of more neutral words, which are typically clipped to a single syllable before application of the suffix, and sometimes subjected to other phonetic alterations: bed-sitter; fresher; rugger; soccer.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix

    Ref: Compare -ers. 3

Origin of -er:

prob. modeled on nonagentive uses of -er1; said to have first become current in University College, Oxford, 1875–80


  1. emergency room.


  1. -er(Suffix)

    Variant form of -er used in words ending with an abbreviation or (sometimes) a number.

    4-H'er, 49'er

  2. Origin: Representing various noun-suffixes in and , variously -er, -ier and -ieür, from -aris, -arius, -atorium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. -er

  2. -er

    the termination of many English words, denoting the agent; -- applied either to men or things; as in hater, farmer, heater, grater. At the end of names of places, -er signifies a man of the place; as, Londoner, i. e., London man

  3. -er

    a suffix used to form the comparative degree of adjectives and adverbs; as, warmer, sooner, lat(e)er, earl(y)ier


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