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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-er]
    • /ˈæd ər/
    • /ˈæd.ər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-er]
    • /ˈæd ər/

Definitions of adder word

  • countable noun adder In Europe and Asia, an adder is a small poisonous snake that has a black pattern on its back. In North America, a number of different poisonous and non-poisonous snakes are called adders. 3
  • noun adder a common viper, Vipera berus, that is widely distributed in Europe, including Britain, and Asia and is typically dark greyish in colour with a black zigzag pattern along the back 3
  • noun adder any of various similar venomous or nonvenomous snakes 3
  • noun adder a person or thing that adds, esp a single element of an electronic computer, the function of which is to add a single digit of each of two inputs 3
  • noun adder one who adds 3
  • noun adder an adding machine 3

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Origin of adder

First appearance:

before 950
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 950; late Middle English; replacing Middle English nadder (a nadder becoming an adder by misdivision; cf. apron), Old English næddre; cognate with Old Saxon nādra, Old High German nātara (German Natter), Old Norse nathra snake, Gothic nadrs adder, Old Irish nathir snake, Latin natrix water snake

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Parts of speech for Adder


adder popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

adder usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adder

noun adder

  • rattle — to give out or cause a rapid succession of short, sharp sounds, as in consequence of agitation and repeated concussions: The windows rattled in their frames.
  • snake — any of numerous limbless, scaly, elongate reptiles of the suborder Serpentes, comprising venomous and nonvenomous species inhabiting tropical and temperate areas.
  • cobra — A cobra is a kind of poisonous snake that can make the skin on the back of its neck into a hood.
  • copperhead — a venomous reddish-brown snake, Agkistrodon contortrix, of the eastern US: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)
  • asp — the venomous snake, probably Naja haje (Egyptian cobra), that caused the death of Cleopatra and was formerly used by the Pharaohs as a symbol of their power over life and death

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