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  1. energy efficiency ratio.
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adverb Chiefly Literary.
  1. ever.
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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.
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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)
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Examples from the Web for eer

Historical Examples of eer

  • Did you happen to think now of eer a way that it could be got from her?

    The Search Party

    G. A. Birmingham

  • We ask, Who has eer had the luck to see Mistress Emerson on a race-course?

  • Perhaps, eer long, our manufacture may be chiefly of cotton.

  • Dost 'eer—who are ye, I say; and what the deil seek ye in the woods here?

    Uncle Silas

    J. S. LeFanu

  • John is better than James means simply John is good first, then James: er is eher or eer.

British Dictionary definitions for eer


  1. poetic, or archaic a contraction of ever
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  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
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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.

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

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