- -er1suffix1》 denoting a person or thing that performs a specified action or activity: farmer.2》 denoting a person or thing that has a specified attribute or form: two-wheeler.3》 denoting a person concerned with a specified thing: milliner.4》 denoting a person belonging to a specified place or group: city-dweller.OriginOE -ere, of Gmc origin.————————-er2suffix forming the comparative of adjectives (as in bigger) and adverbs (as in faster).OriginOE suffix -ra (adjectival), -or (adverbial), of Gmc origin.————————-er3suffix forming nouns used informally, usually by distortion of the root word: footer.Originprob. an extended use of -er1; orig. Rugby School sl., later adopted at Oxford University.————————-er4suffix forming frequentative verbs such as patter.OriginOE -erian, -rian, of Gmc origin.————————-er5suffix forming nouns:1》 such as sampler. Compare with -ar1. [ending corresponding to L. -aris.]↘such as butler, danger. [ending corresponding to L. -arius, -arium.]↘such as border. [ending corresponding (via OFr. -eure) to L. -atura.]↘such as laver. See laver2. [ending corresponding (via OFr. -eor) to L. -atorium.]2》 equivalent to -or1.Originvia OFr. or Anglo-Norman Fr. (see above).————————-er6suffix chiefly Law (forming nouns) denoting verbal action or a document effecting such action: disclaimer.Originfrom Anglo-Norman Fr. (infin. ending).
English new terms dictionary. 2014.