-ers

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See also: ers and ERS

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

See -er (Rugby School slang)

Suffix[edit]

-ers

  1. (informal, originally school slang) Used to form mostly adjectives used informally

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch -ers, a chiefly dialectal plural morpheme equivalent to standard Dutch -eren (whence Afrikaans -ere).

Suffix[edit]

-ers

  1. forms the plural of three nouns, all of which denote young creatures
    kind (child)kinders (“children”)
    kalf (calf)kalwers (“calves”)
    lam (lamb)lammers (“lambs”)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The colloquial plurale tantum goeters (things, stuff) is only etymologically an inflection of goed (a good), whose true plural is goedere.
  • Two other Afrikaans nouns are backformations from plurals originally using the suffix -ers: eier (“egg”, from Dutch ei) and hoender (“chicken”, from Dutch hoen).