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[urs, airs] /ɜrs, ɛərs/
noun
1.
Origin
Middle French < Old Provençal < Late Latin ervus, variant of Latin ervum. See ervil

ERS

1.
Emergency Radio Service.
Also, E.R.S.

-ers

1.
a semantically empty suffix that creates informal variations of more neutral nouns and adjectives by processes of truncation identical to those of -er7. (champers; preggers; starkers); unlike that suffix, however, -ers, is apparently productive, and words formed with it do not appear to belong to a restricted linguistic register, as university slang.
Origin
perhaps a conflation of -er7 with the final element of bonkers and crackers (unless these words themselves contain this suffix); cf. -s3
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ERS

abbreviation
1.
earnings related supplement
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-ers

suffix

used to form adjectives and nouns In the condition humorously indicated •These are all British imports, coming ultimately from public school slang: bonkers/ champers/ preggers/ starkers (1860s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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ERS

Economic Research Service
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