And these rich gardmen's sons thought it was a shame that this houseman's son should cut them all out at the Huseby ster.
It shall not be said of me that I count myself better than Jan ster!
Up to the Huseby ster there was but one road, and that led straight through the gard.
The Armorican ster, a river, seems to be the word most nearly concerned.
I refer to ster, taking the place of er where a feminine doer is intended.
ster is now used in depreciating, as in trickster, youngster.
Now he considered that it was a point of honor with him to get another fiddler than Jan ster.
The native suffixes to indicate the feminine were -en and -ster.
The ster was a long low house, with three little rooms and only two windows.
The first division of the prize money which was one thousand ster.
Old English -istre, from Proto-Germanic *-istrijon, feminine agent suffix used as the equivalent of masculine -ere (see -er (1)). Also used in Middle English to form nouns of action (meaning "a person who ...") without regard for gender.
The genderless agent noun use apparently was a broader application of the original feminine suffix, beginning in the north of England, but linguists disagree over whether this indicates female domination of weaving and baking trades, as represented in surnames such as Webster, Baxter, Brewster, etc. (though spinster clearly represents a female ending). In Modern English, the suffix has been productive in forming derivative nouns (gamester, punster, etc.).
used to form nouns A person involved with, doing, or described by what is indicated: clubster/ gridster/ mobster/ oldster
[1000+; this Old English suffix, always common, has lately become very popular; for instance, forms like The Newtster, ''Newt Gingrich,'' are found]