from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- interj. Used to express hesitation or uncertainty.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- interj. Said when hesitating in speech.
- v. To utter the word "er" when hesitating in speech, found almost exclusively in the phrase um and er.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the chemical symbol for erbium, a rare earth element. It has atomic number 68 and an atomic weight of 167.26.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A Middle English form of ere.
- An English suffix, originally and properly attached to verbs to form nouns of the agent, as in baker, creeper, delver, driver, reader, sower, writer, etc.
- A suffix of Latin origin, denoting usually a person, and often an agent, but not, like -er, usually associated with a verb.
- A suffix of adjectives, forming the comparative degree, as in colder, deeper, greater, bigger, etc., and being cognate with the Latin comparative suffix -or, -ior, neuter -us, -ius, represented in English in major, minor, minus, prior, superior, inferior, etc.
- A suffix of verbs, giving them a frequentative and sometimes a diminutive sense, as patter from pat, swagger from swag, flutter from float, sputter from spout, etc.
- A suffix of certain nouns, mostly technical terms of the law (from Old Law French), as attainder, misnomer, trover, user, non-user, waiver, etc. In endeavor, endeavour, the orig. -er is disguised in the spelling.
- In chem., the symbol for erbium.
- In heraldry, an abbreviation of ermine.
- A simplified spelling of err.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; occurs with yttrium
- n. a room in a hospital or clinic staffed and equipped to provide emergency care to persons requiring immediate medical treatment
'Then, er, would you ask your driver to take you to, er, Randfontein House, er the Dettrick Room that's a reception room, you see, which we hire for this, well, sort of thing.'
“I’m blimed,” he said, “ef I don’t tike er piy-diy out of ’er, shadders or no shadders.”
_Has_ a rule I find the merest nod of my 'ed a sufficient saloot to a woman of the aristocracy -- but for _'er_, Mamzelle, I never fail to show' er up with a court bow! "
"An 'I wants you ter ricollec' dat I done guv 'er to you -- dat is, _yo' sheer_ [share] _in 'er_, caze she's _mine_ too, you know.
Couldyou please come up to our county and serve a term er two as our country DA.
At least one write-in-er is a real numbskull (DeBonis)
They feel the opinion of any one GenY-er is worth 10 times of that of any of the old guys.
That's a no brain er! obama might be able to take a 03: 00 AM phone call but he sure can't make a simple decision on a request for more troops to Afghanistan.
Several prominent colleges have launched three-year degrees in the past few years, promising students all the richness of a college education in shorter time and at lower cost.
As usual, Opera rulez and everything else droo ... er, is not as good.