Definition of er in English:

er

exclamation

  • Expressing hesitation.

    ‘‘Would you like some tea?’ ‘Er … yes … thank you.’’
    • ‘Er, your shoulder? said Arthur in a horrified whisper’
    • ‘So we were gulping down our pasta and I said: "Er, er, things could be…"’

Origin

Natural utterance: first recorded in English in the mid 19th century.

Pronunciation

er

/ə//əː/