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3 letters words from 'erf'

REF 6 

2 letters words from 'erf'

EF 5ER 2
FE 5RE 2

All 3 letters words made out of erf

erf ref efr fer rfe fre

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Definitions and meaning of erf





  1. (mathematics) error function.


  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)f

Etymology 1

From Middle English erve, erfe, from Old English yrfe, ierfe (heritage, bequest, inheritance, property, inherited property, property that passes to an heir, cattle, livestock), from Proto-West Germanic *arbī, from Proto-Germanic *arbiją (heritage), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃erbʰ- (to change ownership) (whence also *h₃órbʰos (orphan)).

Cognate with Dutch erf (inheritance, patrimony, ground, courtyard), German Erbe (heritage, legacy, inheritance), Danish arv (heritage, inheritance), Swedish arv (heritage, inheritance), Gothic 𐌰𐍂𐌱𐌹 (arbi, inheritance), Latin orbus (orphan), Ancient Greek ὀρφανός (orphanós, orphan), Old English ierfa (heir). Related to orf and odal and athel.


erf (plural erfs)

  1. (Northern England, Scotland, rare) Inheritance; patrimony.
  2. (by extension) Stock; cattle.

Derived terms

  • erfkin


  • The Dictionary of the Scots Language

Etymology 2

Borrowed from obsolete Dutch erf (hereditament, plot of land). Doublet of erf above.


erf (plural erfs or erven)

  1. (US regional, Cape Colony, New York, South Africa) A small inherited house-and-garden lot in a village or settlement.

Derived terms

  • ervenholder


  • FER, REF, RFE, Ref, Ref., f***er, fer, ref



  • IPA(key): /ɛrf/
  • Hyphenation: erf
  • Rhymes: -ɛrf

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch erve, from Old Dutch ervi, from Proto-West Germanic *arbī, from Proto-Germanic *arbiją.


erf n (plural erven, diminutive erfje n)

  1. yard (open area adjoining and belonging to a house)
  2. (figuratively) heritage, patrimony
  3. (obsolete, law) hereditament, especially a plot of land
    Antonym: kateel
  4. (obsolete) inheritance
    Synonyms: erfenis, erfdeel
Derived terms
  • Afrikaans: erf
  • English: erf
  • Negerhollands: erfe
  • Petjo: erf

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.



  1. first-person singular present indicative of erven
  2. imperative of erven

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of erve

  • in South Africa, a garden plot.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)