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From Middle English lawier, lawyer, lawer, equivalent to law +‎ -yer.

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lawyer (plural lawyers)

  1. A professional person qualified (as by a law degree or bar exam) and authorized to practice law, i.e. conduct lawsuits or give legal advice.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter II, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      His forefathers had been, as a rule, professional men—physicians and lawyers; his grandfather died under the walls of Chapultepec Castle while twisting a tourniquet for a cursing dragoon; an uncle remained indefinitely at Malvern Hill; [].
  2. (by extension) A legal layman who argues points of law.
  3. (colloquial, Britain) The burbot.

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lawyer (third-person singular simple present lawyers, present participle lawyering, simple past and past participle lawyered)

  1. (informal, intransitive) To practice law.
  2. (intransitive) To perform, or attempt to perform, the work of a lawyer.
  3. (intransitive) To make legalistic arguments.
  4. (informal, transitive) To barrage (a person) with questions in order to get them to admit something.
    You've been lawyered!

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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary. "Lawyer, n."

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lawyer

  1. Alternative form of lawier