Meaning of “er” in the English Dictionary

"er" in English

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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 nice friendly sort of face, though he's not exactly handsome."

ERnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌiːˈɑːr/ us /ˌiːˈɑːr/


uk /r/ us //

(Definition of “er” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ER" in American English

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abbreviation for emergency room (= the place in a hospital for people who need immediate medical care):

You should go to the ER if you have chest pains.

(Definition of “ER” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)