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-eer

1.
a noun-forming suffix occurring originally in loanwords from French (buccaneer; mutineer; pioneer) and productive in the formation of English nouns denoting persons who produce, handle, or are otherwise significantly associated with the referent of the base word (auctioneer; engineer; mountaineer; pamphleteer); now frequently pejorative (profiteer; racketeer).
Compare -ary, -er2 , -ier2 .
Origin
< French, Middle French -ier (Old French < Latin -ārius -ary as suffix of personal nouns); in some nouns replacing earlier suffixes (see engineer, charioteer) or the French suffix -aire -aire (see musketeer, volunteer)
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British Dictionary definitions for -eer

-eer

suffix
1.
(forming nouns) indicating a person who is concerned with or who does something specified: auctioneer, engineer, profiteer, mutineer
2.
(forming verbs) to be concerned with something specified: electioneer
Word Origin
from Old French -ier, from Latin -arius-ary
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Word Origin and History for -eer

suffix meaning "one who" (operates, produces, deals in); anglicized form of French -ier, from Latin -arius, -iarius; cf. -ary.

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