(used to express or represent a pause, hesitation, uncertainty, etc.)
- er , err
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a suffix used in forming nouns designating persons from the object of their occupation or labor (hatter; tiler; tinner; moonshiner), or from their place of origin or abode (Icelander; southerner; villager), or designating either persons or things from some special characteristic or circumstance (six-footer; three-master; teetotaler; fiver; tenner).
a suffix serving as the regular English formative of agent nouns, being attached to verbs of any origin (bearer; creeper; employer; harvester; teacher; theorizer).
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a noun suffix occurring in loanwords from French in the Middle English period, most often names of occupations (archer; butcher; butler; carpenter; grocer; mariner; officer), but also other nouns (corner; danger; primer). Some historical instances of this suffix, as in banker or gardener, where the base is a recognizable modern English word, are now indistinguishable from denominal formations with -er1, as miller or potter.
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a termination of nouns denoting action or process: dinner; rejoinder; remainder; trover.
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a suffix regularly used in forming the comparative degree of adjectives: harder; smaller.
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a suffix regularly used in forming the comparative degree of adverbs: faster.
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a formal element appearing in verbs having frequentative meaning: flicker; flutter; shiver; shudder.
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a suffix that creates informal or jocular mutations of more neutral words, which are typically clipped to a single syllable if polysyllabic, before application of the suffix, and which sometimes undergo other phonetic alterations: bed-sitter; footer; fresher; rugger. Most words formed thus have been limited to English public-school and university slang; few, if any, have become current in North America, with the exception of soccer, which has also lost its earlier informal character.
- Compare -ers.
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East Riding (Yorkshire).
East River (New York City).
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How to use er in a sentence
I was taken to the hospital by ambulance and sat in the er waiting room for what felt like days.
The shift in language and content is click-bait for the enterprising eBay-er.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts | Candida Moss | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The EU has said, since Haaretz broke the story, er, well, we have no such plans.After the Israel Synagogue Massacre: A New Intifada? | Michael Tomasky | November 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
er, um, because the people dying of Ebola in West Africa are black?Ebola Scare-Mongerer Rand Paul Wants You to Think You’re Going to Die | Sally Kohn | October 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Fame came with er in the mid-1990s and Clooney's role as heart-throb doctor Doug Ross.
He can't talk much, though; 'tain't good fur him; his lungs is out er kilter.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
Thar couldn't nothin' kill her, short er wild beasts, ef she hed ther baby 'n her arms!Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
The subject is made more embarrassing because of its—er, rather personal nature.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
It is true that I was impressed with him in a way, because the man was rather—er, inspiring, and I entertained hopes.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
The place he put it in was—er—a little below golf and a little above classical concerts.First Plays | A. A. Milne
British Dictionary definitions for er (1 of 6)
a sound made when hesitating in speech
British Dictionary definitions for er (2 of 6)
British Dictionary definitions for Er (3 of 6)
British Dictionary definitions for ER (4 of 6)
(in the US) Emergency Room (in hospitals)
British Dictionary definitions for -er (5 of 6)
a person or thing that performs a specified action: reader; decanter; lighter
a person engaged in a profession, occupation, etc: writer; baker; bootlegger
a native or inhabitant of: islander; Londoner; villager
a person or thing having a certain characteristic: newcomer; double-decker; fiver
British Dictionary definitions for -er (6 of 6)
forming the comparative degree of adjectives (deeper, freer, sunnier, etc) and adverbs (faster, slower, etc)
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Scientific definitions for Er
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