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ers

[ urs, airs ]
/ ɜrs, ɛərs /
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noun
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Origin of ers

Middle French <Old Provençal <Late Latin ervus, variant of Latin ervum. See ervil

Other definitions for ers (2 of 3)

ERS

or E.R.S.


Emergency Radio Service.

Other definitions for ers (3 of 3)

-ers

a semantically empty suffix that creates informal variations of more neutral nouns and adjectives by processes of truncation identical to those of -er7 (champers; preggers; starkers); unlike that suffix, however, -ers is apparently productive, and words formed with it do not appear to belong to a restricted linguistic register, as university slang.

Origin of -ers

Perhaps a conflation of -er7 with the final element of bonkers and crackers in the sense “wild, crazy” (unless these words themselves contain this suffix); cf. -s3
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ERS

abbreviation for
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