An example of two things that differ are an apple and a brownie.
- to be unlike; be not the same: often with from
- to be of opposite or unlike opinions; disagree
- Archaic to quarrel (with)
Origin of differMiddle English differen ; from Old French differer ; from Classical Latin differre, to carry apart, differ ; from dis-, apart + ferre, to bring, bear
intransitive verbdif·fered, dif·fer·ing, dif·fers
- To be dissimilar or unlike in nature, quality, amount, or form: Ambition differs from greed.
- To be of a different opinion; disagree: The experts differ on what should be done to fix the economy.
- Obsolete To quarrel; dispute.
Origin of differMiddle English differren, from Old French differer, from Latin differre, to differ, delay : dis-, apart; see dis– + ferre, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present differs, present participle differing, simple past and past participle differed)
From Middle English differen, from Old French differer, from Latin differō (“carry apart, put off, defer; differ”), from dis- (“apart”) + ferō (“carry, bear”). Compare Ancient Greek διαφέρω (diapherō).