attern

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English attern, from Old English ǣtren (poisoned, poisonous, venomous), from Proto-Germanic *aitrinaz (poisonous), equivalent to atter +‎ -en. Cognate with Middle High German eiterin (poisonous). More at atter.

Adjective[edit]

attern (comparative more attern, superlative most attern)

  1. (UK dialectal) Venomous; poisonous.
  2. (UK dialectal, of people) Cruel; fierce; ill-natured.

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