Differ Definition

differed, differs
differed, differs
To be dissimilar or unlike in nature, quality, amount, or form.
Ambition differs from greed.
American Heritage
To be unlike; be not the same.
Webster's New World
To be of opposite or unlike opinions; disagree.
Webster's New World
To quarrel (with)
Webster's New World

Not to have the same traits, characteristics.


Origin of Differ

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English differren from Old French differer from Latin differre to differ, delay dis- apart dis– ferre to carry bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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