esper

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ESP +‎ -er.

Noun[edit]

esper (plural espers)

  1. A person who practices the development of psychic ability.
  2. (chiefly science fiction) A person supposed to have paranormal abilities.
    • 1942 June 1, Smith, Edward Elmer, “Storm Cloud on Deka”, in Astonishing Stories, volume 3, number 4:
      I don't know why anybody would be spying on me, either, but—I'm neither a Lensman nor an esper, but I'd swear that somebody's peeking over my shoulder half the time.
    • 1950 August 1, Bester, Alfred, “The Devil's Invention”, in Astounding Science Fiction[1], volume 45, number 6, page 139:
      But Espers can’t pick up any EK brain pattern farther than the horizon. It’s direct wave transmission. Even large objects cannot be penetrated. A building, say, or a—

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Old Occitan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably a deverbal of esperar.

Noun[edit]

esper m (oblique plural espers, nominative singular espers, nominative plural esper)

  1. hope

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