ster

abbreviation

Definition of ster


-ster

noun combining form

Definition of -ster

1 :one that does or handles or operates
  • spinster
  • tapster
  • teamster
2 :one that makes or uses
  • songster
3 :one that is associated with or participates in
  • gamester
  • gangster
4 :one that is
  • youngster

Origin and Etymology of -ster

Middle English, from Old English -estre female agent; akin to Middle Dutch -ster


STER Defined for English Language Learners

-ster

noun combining form

Definition of -ster for English Language Learners

  • : someone who does or handles or operates something

  • : someone who makes or uses something

  • : someone who is associated with or participates in something


STER Defined for Kids

-ster

noun suffix \ stər \

Definition of -ster for Students

1 :someone who does or handles or operates
2 :someone who makes or uses
  • songster
3 :someone who is associated with or takes part in
  • gangster
4 :someone who is
  • youngster

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