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SUFFIXES. -er; -en; -ive; -ble; -less

-Er is sometimes appended to a noun for the purpose of signifying an agent. Thus--

“A Roman sworder.

“O most gentle pulpiter.

“A moraler.


(O. Fr. "homagier.")


(Late Lat. "justitiarius.")

In the last two instances the -er is of French origin, and in many cases, as in "enchanter," it may seem to be English, while really it represents the French -eur.

"Joinder," T. N. v. 1. 160, perhaps comes from the French "joindre."

The -er is often added to show a masculine agent where a noun and verb are identical:


“The pauser reason.


“To you, my origin and ender.

Note the irregular, "Precurrer" (for "precursor").--P. P.

We have "windring" from "winder," Tempest, iv. 1. 128, formed after the analogy of "wander," "clamber," "waver," the er having apparently a frequentative force.

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