A counter is defined as a person or thing that counts or keeps score, or a long flat work space.(noun)
The definition of counter is someone or something the opposite of another.(adjective)
An example of counter used as an adjective is the phrase counter offer which is a buyer responding to an offer on a house with a offer of a larger amount.
See counter in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME countour: in senses 1 & 2 < OFr conteor < L computator < computare; in senses 3, 4, 5 < OFr contouer, counting room, table of a bank < ML computatorium < L computare, compute
Origin: ME countre < OFr contre < L contra, against, contra-
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Origin: ME countre- < OFr contre- < L contra-, contra-
See counter in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English countre
Origin: , from Old French contre
Origin: , from Latin contrā; see counter-.
Origin: Middle English countour
Origin: , from Anglo-Norman counteour
Origin: , from Medieval Latin computātōrium, countinghouse
Origin: , from Latin computāre, to calculate; see count1.
Origin: Middle English countre-
Origin: , from Old French contre-
Origin: , from Latin contrā; see kom in Indo-European roots.
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