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spier1

[spahy-er]
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noun
  1. a person who spies, watches, or discovers.
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Origin of spier1

Middle English word dating back to 1225–75; see origin at spy, -er1

spier2

[speer]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. speer.
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speer

or speir, spier

[speer]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. Chiefly Scot. to ask; inquire.
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Origin of speer

before 900; Middle English speren, spiren, Old English spyrian to make tracks, trace, ask about; cognate with German spüren, Old Norse spyrja to ask; akin to spoor
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Historical Examples

  • I am reading Spier all the time, and the reading provokes a mass of thoughts.

    The Journal of Leo Tolstoi (First Volume--1895-1899)

    Leo Tolstoi

  • At Spier Falls the head is 80 feet, and at Mechanicsville it is 18 feet.

  • Eh, lassie, I was gangin' to spier at the lodge, gin there's a bit dog leevin' i' the kirkyaird.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • An' syne, wi' the folk comin' to spier for 'im an' swarmin' ower the kirkyaird, ye'd think a warlock was aboot.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • From Spier Falls to Albany the electric line is forty miles in length.