er

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interjection \ ˈə , ˈä usually with prolonged vowel , nonstandard ˈər \

Definition of er

used to express hesitation

Recent Examples of er from the Web

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First Known Use of er

1862


Er

symbol

Definition of Er

erbium

Other Chemical Engineering Terms


ER

abbreviation

Definition of ER

1 earned run
2 emergency room

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-er

adjective suffix or adverb suffix

Definition of -er

used to form the comparative degree of adjectives and adverbs of one syllable
  • hotter
  • drier
and of some adjectives and adverbs of two or more syllables
  • completer
  • beautifuller

Origin and Etymology of -er

Middle English -er, -ere, -re, from Old English -ra (in adjectives), -or (in adverbs); akin to Old High German -iro, adjective comparative suffix, Latin -ior, Greek -iōn


2

-er

noun suffix
variants: or less commonly -ier or -yer

Definition of -er

1 a :person occupationally connected with
  • furrier
  • lawyer
b :person or thing belonging to or associated with
  • header
  • old-timer
c :native of :resident of
  • cottager
  • New Yorker
d :one that has
  • three-decker
e :one that produces or yields
  • porker
2 a :one that does or performs (a specified action)
  • batter
sometimes added to both elements of a compound
  • builder-upper
b :one that is a suitable object of (a specified action)
  • broiler
3 :one that is
  • foreigner
in all senses -yer in a few words after w, -ier in a few other words, otherwise -er

Origin and Etymology of -er

Middle English -er, -ere, -ier, -iere; partly from Old English -ere (from Latin -arius); partly from Old French -ier, -iere, from Latin -arius, -aria, -arium -ary; partly from Anglo-French -ere, from Latin -ator -or — more at -ary, -or


ER Defined for English Language Learners

er

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interjection

Definition of er for English Language Learners

  • —used when you are speaking and you are not sure what to say


-er

noun suffix

Definition of -er for English Language Learners

  • : person having a particular job

  • : person or thing belonging to or associated with something

  • : native of : resident of


ER Defined for Kids

1

-er

adjective suffix or adverb suffix \ ər \

Definition of -er for Students

used to form the comparative degree of adjectives and adverbs of one syllable
  • hotter
  • drier
and of some adjectives and adverbs of two or more syllables
  • shallower
  • earlier

2

-er

noun suffix \ ər \
variants: also -ier \ē-ər, yər\ or -yer \yər\

Definition of -er for Students

1 :a person who has a particular job
  • hatter
  • lawyer
2 :a person or thing belonging to or associated with
  • old-timer
3 :a native of :resident of
  • New Yorker
4 :a person or thing that has
5 :a person or thing that produces
  • thriller
6 :a person or thing that performs a specified action
  • reporter
7 :a person or thing that is suitable for a specified action
  • broiler
8 :a person or thing that is
  • foreigner

Medical Dictionary

Er

symbol

medical Definition of Er

erbium

ER

abbreviation

medical Definition of ER


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