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[urs, airs]
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  1. ervil.
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Origin of ers

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


or E.R.S.

  1. Emergency Radio Service.
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  1. 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.
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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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Related Words for ers

emergency, exclamation, wow, amen, hello, alas, boo, hurrah, ahem, oh, whoopee, hooray, shucks, er, ouch, rah, ah, egad, golly, hey

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abbreviation for
  1. earnings related supplement
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