See also: our and 'our

EnglishEdit

SuffixEdit

-our

  1. Obsolete spelling of -or

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old French -eor, from Latin -ātor; reinforced by Old French -or and its source, Latin -or, -ōrem.

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /-ˈuːr/, /-ur/, /-ər/

SuffixEdit

-our

  1. Forms agent nouns from other nouns or verbs, usually of Romance origin.
  2. (non-productive) Reflects a variety of other Old French deverbal formations.
Usage notesEdit
  • This suffix is sometimes confused with -er, especially in Late Middle English. For forms stemming from that confusion, see that entry.
Derived termsEdit
DescendantsEdit
  • English: -or (-er)
  • Scots: -or (-er)
ReferencesEdit

Etymology 2Edit

SuffixEdit

-our

  1. Alternative form of -ure

Old FrenchEdit

SuffixEdit

-our

  1. (often late Anglo-Norman) Alternative form of -or (both etymologies)