Inherited from Middle English *ambre, from Old English amore. Alternatively, it may be a clipping of yellowhammer or earlier yelambre. Favored over *hammer due to the influence of its German cognate and synonym Ammer (“bunting”) and its predecessors, Middle High German amer and Old High German amaro.
ammer (plural ammers)
- “Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989] ” listed in the
ammer m, f
- present tense of