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.

Nearby words

  1. -er,
  2. -erel,
  3. -ergic,
  4. -ern,
  5. -eroo,
  6. -ery,
  7. -es,
  8. -esce,
  9. -escence,
  10. -escent

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

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