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[kuh m-peer, kom-peer] /kəmˈpɪər, ˈkɒm pɪər/
an equal in rank, ability, accomplishment, etc.; peer; colleague.
close friend; comrade.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to be the equal of; match.
Origin of compeer
1325-75; Middle English comper < Middle French. See com-, peer1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for compeer
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  • In this mild and philosophic pathos, Wordsworth appears to me without a compeer.

    Biographia Literaria Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • And take it by and large, it was without a compeer among swindles.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • One's compeer is the equal with himself in rank, age, prowess, etc.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • He had taken a liking for Paul,—the liking of a brave soldier for a compeer.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • Mr. Morley's pages give us the natural history of a political mind of unusual range and power which was without a compeer.

  • In what particulars does the English speculator differ from his French compeer?

    The English Stage Augustin Filon
  • The German woman, quoted by Mr. Bryce, found her American compeer furchtbar frei, but she had at once to add und furchtbar fromm.

    The Land of Contrasts James Fullarton Muirhead
  • In all of this Madam Urso may be said to be a man, or the equal and compeer of man.

    Camilla: A Tale of a Violin Charles Barnard
  • But he knew nothing of his compeer, only they had been down to the river together.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
  • It is no more like its Parisian compeer than it is like the Pyramids of Egypt.

British Dictionary definitions for compeer


a person of equal rank, status, or ability; peer
a companion or comrade
Word Origin
C13: from Old French comper, from Medieval Latin compater godfather; see compadre
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Word Origin and History for compeer

early 15c., from Middle French comper, from com- "with" (see com-) + Latin parem "equal" (see par).

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