from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Poison, venom, especially of a venomous animal.
  • n. Pus, corrupt or morbid matter from a sore or wound.
  • n. Epithelium produced on the tongue.
  • n. A scab; a dry sore.
  • v. To venom; sting.
  • v. To discharge, as a sore; clot; curdle; cake.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Poison; venom; corrupt matter from a sore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To place upon or in the earth; cast down to the earth; humble; subdue. Also written atterr.
  • n. Poison; venom; pus. Holland.


From Middle English atter, ater, from Old English āttor, ǣttor, ātor ("poison"), from Proto-Germanic *aitran (“gland, matter”), from Proto-Indo-European *aid-, *oid- (“tumor, abscess”). Cognate with Scots attir ("corrupt matter, pus"), Scots atter, etter ("poison, venom"), Saterland Frisian Atter ("pus"), Dutch etter ("pus"), German Eiter ("poison, pus"), Danish edder, ædder ("venom"), Swedish etter ("poison, venom, virulence"), Norwegian eiter ("venom"), Icelandic eitur ("poison"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Not to be confused with attar...

    November 7, 2007

  • Could be a sort of mashup of adder and its German equivalent Natter, maybe?

    November 6, 2007

  • Weird. Is this word related to adder at all?

    Or only in the flattened pronunciation of Americans? ;)

    November 6, 2007

  • (n.) Poison; venom; corrupt matter from a sore.

    November 6, 2007