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Meaning of “er” in the English Dictionary

"er" in British English

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erexclamation

uk   /ɜːr/  us   /ɝː/
the ​sound that ​people often make when they ​pause in the ​middle of what they are saying or ​pause before they ​speak, often because they are ​deciding what to say: "What ​time shall we ​meet this ​evening?" "Er, eight-ish?" "Is he ​handsome?" "Er, well - he's got a ​nicefriendlysort of ​face, though he's not ​exactlyhandsome."

ERnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˌiːˈɑːr/  us   /-ˈɑːr/
US abbreviation for emergency room
abbreviation for Elizabeth Regina: Queen Elizabeth II

-ersuffix

uk   /r/  us   //
  • -er suffix (CHARACTERISTICS)

added to ​nouns to ​formnouns or ​adjectives referring to ​people or things that have those ​particularcharacteristics: a ​double-decker (= a ​bus with two decks) a big-spender (= someone who ​spends a lot of ​money)
(Definition of er from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ER" in American English

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ERnoun [C]

abbreviation foremergencyroom (= the ​place in a ​hospital for ​people who need ​immediatemedicalcare): You should go to the ER if you have ​chestpains.
(Definition of ER from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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