er Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “er” in the English Dictionary

"er" in British English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of er?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More