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a semantically empty suffix that creates informal variations of more neutral nouns and adjectives by processes of truncation identical to those of -er7. (champers; preggers; starkers); unlike that suffix, however, -ers, is apparently productive, and words formed with it do not appear to belong to a restricted linguistic register, as university slang.
Origin of -ers
perhaps a conflation of -er7 with the final element of bonkers and crackers in the sense “wild, crazy” (unless these words themselves contain this suffix); cf. -s3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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used to form adjectives and nouns In the condition humorously indicated •These are all British imports, coming ultimately from public school slang: bonkers/ champers/ preggers/ starkers (1860s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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