[ chey-fer ]
/ ˈtʃeɪ fər /


any scarabaeid beetle.

Origin of chafer

before 1000; Middle English cheaffer, chaver, Old English ceofor; akin to German Käfer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chafer


/ (ˈtʃeɪfə) /


any of various scarabaeid beetles, such as the cockchafer and rose chafer

Word Origin for chafer

Old English ceafor; related to Old Saxon kevera, Old High German chevar
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Word Origin and History for chafer



kind of beetle, Old English ceafor "beetle, cock-chafer," from Proto-Germanic *kabraz- (cf. Old Saxon kevera, Dutch kever, Old High German chevar, German Käfer), literally "gnawer," from PIE *gep(h)- "jaw, mouth" (see jowl (n.1)).

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