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e'er

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adverb Chiefly Literary.

contraction of ever.

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH e'er

air, e'er , ere, err, heir

Definition for e'er (2 of 3)

EER

abbreviation

Definition for e'er (3 of 3)

-eer

a noun-forming suffix occurring originally in loanwords from French (buccaneer; mutineer; pioneer) and productive in the formation of English nouns denoting persons who produce, handle, or are otherwise significantly associated with the referent of the base word (auctioneer; engineer; mountaineer; pamphleteer); now frequently pejorative (profiteer; racketeer).Compare -ary, -er2, -ier2.

Origin of -eer

<French, Middle French -ier (Old French <Latin -ārius-ary as suffix of personal nouns); in some nouns replacing earlier suffixes (see engineer, charioteer) or the French suffix -aire-aire (see musketeer, volunteer)
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British Dictionary definitions for e'er (1 of 2)

e'er
/ (ɛə) /

adverb

poetic, or archaic a contraction of ever

British Dictionary definitions for e'er (2 of 2)

-eer

-ier


suffix

(forming nouns) indicating a person who is concerned with or who does something specifiedauctioneer; engineer; profiteer; mutineer
(forming verbs) to be concerned with something specifiedelectioneer

Word Origin for -eer

from Old French -ier, from Latin -arius -ary
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