-ers

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  • noun a termination added to all or part of a standard word. In public-school, armed-forces’ or middle-class speech it confers familiarity or affection. The core-word is sometimes preceded by harry-, as in harry-starkers for stark naked. This speech-pattern, found risible by many since the 1960s, arose at Oxford and in public schools in the late 19th century.
  • suffix a termination added to all or part of a standard word. In public-school, armed-forces’ or middle-class speech it confers familiarity or affection. The core-word is sometimes preceded by harry-, as in harry-starkers for stark naked. This speech-pattern, found risible by many since the 1960s, arose at Oxford and in public schools in the late 19th century.
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