wedder

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

wed +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

wedder (plural wedders)

  1. A married person.
    • 1864, St. James' Magazine and United Empire Review (volume 9, page 239)
      The wedder of the heiress! is his lot all bliss when he has made the grand coup, and married for money after a long career of debts, difiiculties, and dishonoured bills? I think not; []
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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

wedder (plural wedders)

  1. (obsolete, regional) Alternative form of wether (castrated buck goat or ram)
    • 1829, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, Introduction to the 1829 edition,[1]
      They then retreated to an out-house, took a wedder from the fold, killed it, and supped off the carcass, for which (it is said) they offered payment to the proprietor.
    • 1840, Patrick Leslie, Diary entry for 21 February, 1840, cited in Henry Stuart Russell, The Genesis of Queensland, Sydney: Turner & Henderson, 1888, Chapter 7,[2]
      Our stock consisted of four thousand breeding ewes in lamb, one hundred ewe hoggets, one thousand wedder hoggets, one hundred rams, and five hundred wedders, three and four years old.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From wedden (to bet, wager) +‎ -er.

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Noun[edit]

wedder m (plural wedders, diminutive weddertje n)

  1. (literally) A wagerer, one who bets
  2. A gambler, someone given to wagers and gambles

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English wether, wethir, wedyr, from Old English weþer (wether, ram), from Proto-Germanic *weþruz (wether), from Proto-Indo-European *wet- (year).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈwɛdər], [ˈwɪdɪr], [ˈwadər]
  • (Mid Northern) IPA(key): [ˈwɪdɪr]

Noun[edit]

wedder (plural wedders)

  1. wether (castrated male sheep)

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