from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An abbreviation of
- noun A termination denoting occupation, as in maltster, gamester, spinster, songster, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- A suffix denoting
the agent(originally a woman), especially a person who does something with skillor as an occupation; as in spin ster(originally, a woman who spins), song ster, ba xter(= bake ster), young ster.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- suffix Someone who is, or who is
associatedwith, or who does something specified.
- suffix humorous A
diminutiveappended to a person's name.
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From Middle English -ster, -estere, from Old English -estre ("-ster", feminine agent suffix), from Proto-Germanic *-istrijōn, *-astrijōn, from Proto-Indo-European *-as-tar- (suffix). Cognate with Old High German -astria, Middle Low German -ester, Dutch -ster.
The "-ster" suffix hasn't done anyone any favors since Napster, after all, and it sounds so very dated.