er: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (u, ur), [key]
- (used to express or represent a pause, hesitation, uncertainty, etc.).
- efficiency report.
- a suffix used in forming nouns designating persons from the object of their occupation or labor (hatter; tiler; tinner; moonshiner), or from their place of origin or abode (Icelander; southerner; villager), or designating either persons or things from some special characteristic or circumstance (six-footer; three-master; teetotaler; fiver; tenner).
- a suffix serving as the regular English formative of agent nouns, being attached to verbs of any origin (bearer; creeper; employer; harvester; teacher; theorizer). Cf.
- a noun suffix occurring in loanwords from French in the Middle English period, most often names of occupations (archer; butcher; butler; carpenter; grocer; mariner; officer), but also other nouns (corner; danger; primer). Some historical instances of this suffix, as in banker or gardener, where the base is a recognizable modern English word, are now indistinguishable from denominal formations withas miller or potter.
- a termination of nouns denoting action or process: dinner; rejoinder; remainder; trover.
- a suffix regularly used in forming the comparative degree of adjectives: harder; smaller.
- a suffix regularly used in forming the comparative degree of adverbs: faster.
- a formal element appearing in verbs having frequentative meaning: flicker; flutter; shiver; shudder.
- a suffix that creates informal or jocular mutations of more neutral words, which are typically clipped to a single syllable if polysyllabic, before application of the suffix, and which sometimes undergo other phonetic alterations:Most words formed thus have been limited to English public-school and university slang; few, if any, have become current in North America, with the exception of soccer, which has also lost its earlier informal character. Cf. -ers. bed-sitter; footer; fresher; rugger.
- East Riding (Yorkshire).
- East River (New York City).
- King Edward.
- Queen Elizabeth.
- er (Thesaurus)