from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Celtic word used as a prefix to many place-names in Great Britain, and signifying a confluence of waters, either of two rivers or of a river with the sea: as, Aberdeen, Aberdour, Abergavenny, Aberystwith.

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  • adjective Sharp; keen.
  • adjective With sharp outlines; clear; distinct.
  • adjective Sharp-sighted; keen; observant; watchful.
  • adjective Keen; eager; ready; anxious.
  • verb transitive To sharpen, as a knife.
  • verb transitive To stir up and make bright, as a fire.


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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.


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