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: a member of Generation X


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combining form

variants or xero-
: dry

Examples of Xer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Editor of Harper’s and fellow Gen Xer Christopher Beha sat down with Smith to discuss intergenerational relations, how Smith’s essay evolved over the editorial process, and how art at its best interrogates the arguable and not the obvious. Justin E. H. Smith, Harper's Magazine, 30 Aug. 2023 Without complaint, Millennial high-school students by the mid-2010s were bearing roughly twice the average daily homework load as late-wave Xers were in the mid-1990s. Neil Howe, Fortune, 18 July 2023 Maybe DeSantis, a fellow Gen Xer, is just a 1980s enthusiast. Robert Schlesinger, The New Republic, 6 July 2023 As a young Gen Xer who came of age during that decade, I’m conflicted. Tia Williams, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Feb. 2023 But the most heart-melting, tear-jerking bit comes when Maverick (Cruise) and a dying Iceman (Val Kilmer) enjoy one last bro-hug that hits every Gen Xer in the feels. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2022

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Word History


Combining form

Late Latin, from Greek xēr-, xēro-, from xēros

First Known Use


1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Xer was in 1991

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“Xer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Xer. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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