[kuh m-peer, kom-peer]


an equal in rank, ability, accomplishment, etc.; peer; colleague.
close friend; comrade.

verb (used with object)

Archaic. to be the equal of; match.

Origin of compeer

1325–75; Middle English comper < Middle French. See com-, peer1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for compeer

consort, companion, friend, associate, peer, colleague, equal, match

Examples from the Web for compeer

Historical Examples of compeer

  • And take it by and large, it was without a compeer among swindles.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • One's compeer is the equal with himself in rank, age, prowess, etc.


    Elmer W. Cavins

  • But he knew nothing of his compeer, only they had been down to the river together.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • He had taken a liking for Paul,—the liking of a brave soldier for a compeer.

    The Shadow of the Czar

    John R. Carling

  • In what particulars does the English speculator differ from his French compeer?

    The English Stage

    Augustin Filon

British Dictionary definitions for compeer



a person of equal rank, status, or ability; peer
a companion or comrade

Word Origin for compeer

C13: from Old French comper, from Medieval Latin compater godfather; see compadre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for compeer

early 15c., from Middle French comper, from com- "with" (see com-) + Latin parem "equal" (see par).

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