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/ ɛər /
adverb Chiefly Literary.
contraction of ever.
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What does “barren” mean?
Definition for e'er (2 of 3)
Definition for e'er (3 of 3)
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for e'er (1 of 2)
/ (ɛə) /
poetic, or archaic a contraction of ever
British Dictionary definitions for e'er (2 of 2)
(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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