Er

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Translingual[edit]

Symbol[edit]

Er

  1. (chemistry) Symbol for erbium.

German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • er (for the pronoun; common spelling)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /eːɐ̯/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Er m

  1. a person or animal of male gender, a male
    Synonym: Männchen
    Antonym: Sie f

Pronoun[edit]

Er

  1. (archaic) you (form of address to a male person of lower social standing than the speaker)
    Was möchte Er von mir?
    What do you want from me?
    (literally, “What does he want from me?”)

Usage notes[edit]

This form of address sounds very archaic and is only used humorously or in some dialects (especially Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg), sometimes called Berliner Er. The common polite form of address is Sie.

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Er” in Duden online
  • Er” in Duden online
  • Er” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Tocharian B[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old Uyghur Er (man). Compare Turkish Er, Kyrgyz Erjan, and many other Turkic names.

Proper noun[edit]

Er m

  1. a male given name

Further reading[edit]

  • Adams, Douglas Q. (2013), “Er”, in A Dictionary of Tocharian B: Revised and Greatly Enlarged (Leiden Studies in Indo-European; 10), Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, →ISBN, page 98

Turkish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Er

  1. a male given name