A suffix used to form:
1. Nouns from nouns, adjectives, and many verbs, denoting a person, animal, or thing that performs a specified action or activity (cobbler; lover; executioner; poker; computer; eye-opener).
2. A person or thing that has a specified attribute or form (foreigner; four-wheeler; second-rater).
3. A person concerned with a specified thing or subject (hatter; geographer).
4. A person belonging to a specified place or group (villager; New Zealander; sixth-former).
5. Forming the comparative of adjectives (wider; hotter) and adverbs (faster).
6. Forming frequentative verbs (blunder; glimmer; twitter).
7. Especially Law forming nouns denoting verbal action or a document effecting this (cesser; disclaimer; misnomer).
Origin: originally 'a person who has to do with': Old English -ere, from Germanic
(06 Feb 2009)
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