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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English *edre, *eder, from Old English eder, edor (hedge, fence), from Proto-Germanic *edaraz, *eduraz (hedge, border). Cognate with Old High German etar.


edder (plural edders)

  1. Flexible wood worked into the top of hedge stakes, to bind them together.


edder (third-person singular simple present edders, present participle eddering, simple past and past participle eddered)

  1. (obsolete) To bind the top interweaving edder.
    to edder a hedge

Etymology 2[edit]

Variant of adder.


edder (plural edders)

  1. An adder or snake.
    • 1816, J. H. Hansall, The Stranger in Chester:
      winges like a bird she hase,
      Fete as an edder, a mayden's face,
      Her kinde I'll take

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English edre (a vein, blood vessel), from Old English ǣdre (a vein, artery; sinew), from Proto-West Germanic *ādrā (vein).

Cognates include (from Germanic) Old Saxon -āðara (Dutch ader), Old High German ādra (German Ader), Old Norse æðr (Swedish åder); (from Indo-European) Ancient Greek ἦτορ (êtor, heart), Latin uterus, Old Irish inathar (entrails).



edder (plural edders)

  1. (rare, dialect or obsolete) A blood vessel.
    Roop, and I'll snithe your edders.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for edder in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)