latter

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See also: łatter

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English lætra, comparative form of læt (late).

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latter (not comparable)

  1. Relating to or being the second of two items.
    • 2017, Jennifer S. Holland, "For These Monkeys, It’s a Fight for Survival.", National Geographic (March 2017)[1]
      On sale next to dried fish and chicken feet were rats and bats (the latter's wings in a pile like leather scraps, also for sale), plus cut-up pigs and monkeys, their faces intact.
    • 1725, Isaac Watts, Logick, or The Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry After Truth With a Variety of Rules to Guard
      the difference between reason and revelation, and in what sense the latter is superior
  2. Near (or nearer) to the end.
  3. In the past, but close (or closer) to the present time.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse hlátr, from Proto-Germanic *hlahtraz (laughter), cognate with Norwegian lått, English laughter and German Gelächter. Derived from the verb *hlahjaną (to laugh), cf. Danish le, English laugh, German lachen.

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latter c (singular definite latteren, not used in plural form)

  1. laughter

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latter

  1. (Jersey) to beat, spank, cane

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse hlátr

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latter m (definite singular latteren) (uncountable)

  1. laughter
  2. laugh
    en god lattera good laugh

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