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[fur; unstressed fer] /fɜr; unstressed fər/
preposition, conjunction, Informal.


a combining form meaning “that which carries” the thing specified by the initial element, used in the formation of compound words:
aquifer; conifer; foraminifer.
Origin of -fer
< Latin, derivative of ferre to bear1, in L generally forming adjectives; the corresponding E adjectives add -ous; see -ferous Unabridged
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  • Seem like he know de 'Oman eyeled stretch wide open lookin' fer 'im.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • In the day o' plenty they think o' the day o' poverty an' lay by fer it.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • As fer pleasure—wall, folks don't ginerally come to a place like this.

    The Long Patrol H. A. Cody
  • Bet ye a jack-knife he'll be spreein' it fer all he's wuth to-morrow.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • Dey said dat peoples came from fer an' near, eben from New Orleans ter dem slave sales.

  • Don't you know what a North Pole is like fer weather an' sich?

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • Thou hast plumb squared the reckonin' fer all my sins, past and ter come, world without end.

    Scarlett of the Mounted Marguerite Merington
  • Any old mutt'd do fer him—jus' so's it was in the shape of a pup.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • I helt 'im in deze arms nights an' nights, when all he had ter do fer ter leave dis vale wuz ter fetch one gasp an' go.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
British Dictionary definitions for fer


combining form
indicating a person or thing that bears something specified: crucifer, conifer
Word Origin
from Latin, from ferre to bear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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