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[kuh m-peer, kom-peer] /kəmˈpɪər, ˈkɒm pɪər/
an equal in rank, ability, accomplishment, etc.; peer; colleague.
close friend; comrade.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to be the equal of; match.
Origin of compeer
1325-75; Middle English comper < Middle French. See com-, peer1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for compeer
Historical Examples
  • And take it by and large, it was without a compeer among swindles.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • One's compeer is the equal with himself in rank, age, prowess, etc.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • But he knew nothing of his compeer, only they had been down to the river together.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
  • He had taken a liking for Paul,—the liking of a brave soldier for a compeer.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • In what particulars does the English speculator differ from his French compeer?

    The English Stage Augustin Filon
  • In all of this Madam Urso may be said to be a man, or the equal and compeer of man.

    Camilla: A Tale of a Violin Charles Barnard
  • It is no more like its Parisian compeer than it is like the Pyramids of Egypt.

  • Like his English compeer, Wolsey, Richelieu's ardour for building knew no restraint.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France

    Milburg Francisco Mansfield
  • I buy and sell for my own advantage, which proves in the nature of things to be for the equal advantage of my compeer.

    Principles of Political Economy

    Arthur Latham Perry
  • The German woman, quoted by Mr. Bryce, found her American compeer furchtbar frei, but she had at once to add und furchtbar fromm.

    The Land of Contrasts James Fullarton Muirhead
British Dictionary definitions for compeer


a person of equal rank, status, or ability; peer
a companion or comrade
Word Origin
C13: from Old French comper, from Medieval Latin compater godfather; see compadre
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Word Origin and History for compeer

early 15c., from Middle French comper, from com- "with" (see com-) + Latin parem "equal" (see par).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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