Word History


from present participle of obsolete English affeir to pertain, be proper, from Middle English afferen, affieren, from Middle French afferir, aferir, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin afferire, alteration of Latin afferre

First Known Use

1545, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of affeiring was in 1545

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near affeiring

Cite this Entry

“Affeiring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!