One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounIrish English, Scottish, Northern
A handful of corn or grain cut at one stroke of the sickle and bound up in a sheaf. Also figurative: a large number, a lot.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From early Scandinavian + -er, apparently after other words with this ending, e.g. laughter, fodder (since survival of the early Scandinavian inflectional -r would be unparalleled).
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