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-er/ər/ is one of the four verbalizing suffixes in Dutch. The others are -eer, -el and -ig. Verbs with -er are, for example:

Example 1

a. knipperen
cut-SUFF-INF
to blink
b. klonteren
lump-SUFF-INF
to get lumpy
c. snotteren
snot-SUFF-INF
to sniffle

The suffix sometimes seems to have an iterative meaning as described for -el, however, many -er verbs lack a lexical base to which the meaning might be compared.

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Verbalization by means of suffixes is not a common procedure in Dutch. Of the four verbalizing suffixes -el, -er, -ig and -eer, only -eer is productive. The unproductive -er occurs in a small number of verbs, many of which do not have a lexical base. Examples are spetterento spatter, tokkelento strum (a string instrument) and lubberento wear out, whose bases are obsolete in present-day Dutch.

In other cases, the verbs are formed from nominals, as in klontlump > klonterento get lumpy, or from verbs, as in reddento save > redderento bustle. Often there is ambiguity between the two categories: knipperento blink could be derived from the noun knipcut or the homophonous verb stem knipcut.

Some -er verbs are conversions or back-formations from nouns rather than suffixal verbalizations. An example is liefhebberento be an amateur in sth., which is probably derived from liefhebberlover, amateur or liefhebberijhobby rather than from liefhebbento love.

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