(comparative more aber, superlative most aber)
(third-person singular simple present abers, present participle abering, simple past and past participle abered)
- (UK dialectal) To sharpen, as a knife.
- (UK dialectal) To stir up and make bright, as a fire.
From Old Norse apr, *appr, *ampr (“cold, sharp, chilly, bad, sad”), from Proto-Germanic *ampraz (“sour, bitter, sharp, evil”), from Proto-Indo-European *ōmos-, *am(r)-, *om- (“raw, bitter, sharp tasting, sour”). Cognate with Icelandic napur (“biting”), Swedish amper (“sharp, pungent”), Dutch amper (“sharp, pungent, bitter, immature”), German Ampfer (“a sorrel”), Latin amārus (“morose, bitter, harsh”). Related to Old English ampre (“dock, sorrel”). See amper.