- 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
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?The True History of Tom and Jerry
Perhaps, eer long, our manufacture may be chiefly of cotton.Women in Modern Industry
B. L. Hutchins
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.
- poetic, or archaic a contraction of ever
- (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
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.