Words related to -re

ogre (n.)

"man-eating giant of fairy tales and popular legends," 1713, hogre (in a translation of a French version of the Arabian Nights), from French ogre, first used in Perrault's "Contes," 1697, and perhaps formed by him from a dialectal variant of Italian orco "demon, monster," from Latin Orcus "Hades," which is of unknown origin. In English, more literary than colloquial. The conjecture that it is from Byzantine Ogur "Hungarian" or some other version of that people's name (perhaps via confusion with the bloodthirsty Huns), lacks historical evidence. Related: Ogrish; ogreish; ogrishness; ogreishness.

acre (n.)

Old English æcer "tilled field, open land," from Proto-Germanic *akraz "field, pasture" (source also of Old Norse akr, Old Saxon akkar, Old Frisian ekker, Middle Dutch acker, Dutch akker, Old High German achar, German acker, Gothic akrs "field"), from PIE root *agro- "field."

"[O]riginally 'open country, untenanted land, forest'; ... then, with advance in the agricultural state, pasture land, tilled land, an enclosed or defined piece of land" [OED]. In English at first without reference to dimension; in late Old English the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plow in a day, afterward defined by statute 13c. and later as a piece 40 poles by 4, or an equivalent shape [OED cites 5 Edw. I, 31 Edw. III, 24 Hen. VIII]. The older sense is retained in God's acre "churchyard."

The Germanic word was adopted early in Old French and Medieval Latin, hence the Modern English spelling, which by normal development would be *aker (compare baker from Old English bæcere).

calibre (n.)
chiefly British English spelling of caliber (q.v.); for spelling, see -re.
chiefly British English spelling of center (q.v.); for ending, see -re.
epicentre (n.)
chiefly British English spelling of epicenter; for spelling, see -re.
fibre (n.)
chiefly British English spelling of fiber (q.v.); for spelling, see -re.
kilolitre (n.)
chiefly British English spelling of kiloliter; also see -re.
kilometre (n.)
chiefly British English spelling of kilometer; also see -re.
lacklustre (adj.)
also lack-lustre, chiefly British English spelling of lackluster (q.v.); for spelling, see -re.
litre (n.)
chiefly British English spelling of liter; for spelling, see -re.