adverb Chiefly Literary.
  1. ever.
Can be confusedair e'er ere err heir


  1. 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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for eer


  1. poetic, or archaic a contraction of ever



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

Word Origin for -eer

from Old French -ier, from Latin -arius -ary
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Word Origin and History for eer


variant spelling of ever, now archaic or poetic.


suffix meaning "one who" (operates, produces, deals in); anglicized form of French -ier, from Latin -arius, -iarius; cf. -ary.

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