- aaber, abir
From Old Norse apr, *appr, *ampr (“cold, sharp, chilly, bad, sad”), from Proto-Germanic *ampraz (“sour, bitter, sharp, evil”), from Proto-Indo-European *ōmos-, *am(r)-, *om- (“raw, bitter, sharp tasting, sour”). Cognate with Icelandic napur (“biting”), Swedish amper (“sharp, pungent”), Dutch amper (“sharp, pungent, bitter, immature”), German Ampfer (“a sorrel”), Latin amārus (“morose, bitter, harsh”). Related to Old English ampre (“dock, sorrel”). See amper.
- (UK dialectal) Sharp; keen.
- (UK dialectal) With sharp outlines; clear; distinct.
- (UK dialectal) Sharp-sighted; keen; observant; watchful.
- (UK dialectal) Keen; eager; ready; anxious.
aber (third-person singular simple present abers, present participle abering, simple past and past participle abered)
- (transitive, UK dialectal) To sharpen, as a knife.
- (transitive, UK dialectal) To stir up and make bright, as a fire.
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From Old High German avur.
- again (mostly used in abermals, yet another time)
German conjunction aber (but), turned into a noun (as in "no buts and no ifs").
The plural is the same, but definite forms do not apply.
- aber in Svenska Akademiens Ordlista över svenska språket (13th ed., online)
- Svenska Akademiens ordbok online.
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