From Middle English erten, ertin, from Old Norse erta (“to provoke, incite, tease”), from Proto-Germanic *artijaną (“to excite, tease”), from Proto-Indo-European *ardi-, *ard- (“sharp point, stinger”). Cognate with Icelandic erta (“to irritate”), Norwegian erta (“to taunt”), Swedish ärta (“to tease, jibe”), Old Irish aird (“point, ord, end point”), Ancient Greek άρδις (árdis, “arrowhead”).
ert (third-person singular simple present erts, present participle erting, simple past and past participle erted)
- (transitive, UK dialectal) To incite; urge on; encourage.
- (transitive, UK dialectal) To irritate; grill; provoke.
- (intransitive, UK dialectal) To be eager, prone; hurry.
- (transitive, UK dialectal) To make as if to strike; argue (with); strive after; try to obtain.
- (intransitive, UK dialectal) To strive onward and upward.
- (you) are, 2. person present singular of vera (to be)
- you are, the second person of vera (meaning "to be")
- neuter form of er