puer

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See also: Puer, pür, and Pu'er

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Perhaps from French puer.

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puer (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly historical) Dung (of dogs, fowls, etc) used in tanning, after applying lime, to soften skins.
    • 1842, The Penny Magazine, May 212/1:
      A solution called the ‘pure’ or the 'pewer' (having never seen the word written.., we must spell it as pronounced) is prepared in a large vessel, and into this the skins are immersed.
    • 1903, Henry Richardson Proctor, The principles of leather manufacture, page 174:
      [] The bacteria of fresh dog-dung were not found to possess a satisfactory puering effect, but those from dung with had been fermented a month (as in practice) have a result nearly equal to actual puer.
    • 2009, Tony Covington, Tanning Chemistry: The Science of Leather, page 166:
      [] it was about 50 years before the use of puer was discontinued, at least in Europe.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French puir, from Vulgar Latin *putīre, from Classical Latin putēre, present active infinitive of puteō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *puH-. The change from -ir to -er can also be seen in words such as contribuer (Old French contribuir, Latin contribuere).

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puer

  1. (intransitive) to stink, to smell (bad)

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Latin[edit]

puerī indī (Pakistani boys)

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *ph₂weros, from *peh₂w-. Cognate to Oscan 𐌐𐌖𐌂𐌋𐌖𐌌 (puklum), Ancient Greek παῖς (paîs, child).

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puer m (genitive puerī); second declension

  1. a child; chit
  2. a boy; lad
  3. a male servant or page; slave
  4. a bachelor
  5. boyhood (ex: in puero, "in his boyhood" or "as a boy")

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Second declension, nominative singular in -er.

Case Singular Plural
nominative puer puerī
genitive puerī puerōrum
dative puerō puerīs
accusative puerum puerōs
ablative puerō puerīs
vocative puer1 puerī

1May also be puere.

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the noun Puer.

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puer

  1. few, some, a few
    • 2001, Pol Wilmes, Eng Klack fir eis Sprooch:
      All puer Woche fannt dir eist „Chamber-Blietchen“ an ärer Bréifkëscht, vläicht och op der Trap oder am Gank;
      Every few weeks we find our "Chamber-Blietchen" in our letter box, perhaps even on the stairs or in the hallway;