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  1. a rocky pinnacle; a peak of a bare or rocky mountain or hill.
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Origin of tor

before 900; Middle English; Old English torr < Celtic; compare Irish tor rocky height, Welsh twr heap, pile


  1. a suffix found in loanwords from Latin, forming personal agent nouns from verbs and, less commonly, from nouns: dictator; genitor; janitor; orator; victor.
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Origin of -tor

< Latin -tor (stem -tōr-), cognate with Greek -tōr (stem -tor-), Sanskrit -tar-
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Related Words for tor

ridge, elevation, pile, peak, bluff, cliff, sierra, volcano, eminence, height, slope, dune, hillside, hilltop, highland, pyramid, alp, hump, precipice, glob

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  1. a high hill, esp a bare rocky one
  2. mainly Southwest English a prominent rock or heap of rocks, esp on a hill
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Word Origin for tor

Old English torr, probably of Celtic origin; compare Scottish Gaelic torr pile, Welsh twr
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Word Origin and History for tor


"high, rocky hill," Old English torr "tower, rock." Obviously cognate with Gaelic torr "lofty hill, mound," Old Welsh twrr "heap, pile;" and probably ultimately from Latin turris "high structure" see tower (n.)). But sources disagree on whether the Celts borrowed it from the Anglo-Saxons or the other way round.

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