- cvb aff. a noun-forming suffix occurring orig. in loanwords from French (buccaneer; mutineer; pioneer) and productive in the formation of English nouns denoting persons who produce, handle, or are otherwise associated with the referent of the base word (auctioneer; engineer; mountaineer; pamphleteer); now frequently pejorative (profiteer; racketeer)Compare -ary,-er II,-ier II•Etymology: < F, MF -ier (OF < L -ārius -ary as suffix of personal nouns); in some nouns r. earlier suffixes (see engineer, charioteer) or the F suffix -aire -aire (see musketeer, volunteer)
From formal English to slang. 2014.