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This page lists pronunciations of English words that end in R. The list is in retroalphabetical order, that is, alphabetically beginning with the final letter of the word (in this case R) and continuing backwards through it.

The apostrophe is treated as the last letter of the alphabet, after Z. Click on the blue "Catalogs" link below the article title for a pronunciation key.[e]


where unstressed, schwa -ar

bazàar

bàr

càr

râdàr

Chéddar

cêdar

cálendar

êar

cf. drink bêer: naked bãre = animal, tolerate béãr

cf. risk dãre: animal dêer = beloved, expensive dêar

fêar

gêar

there hêre = ear hêar

look lêer = person Lêar

clêar

unclêar

can be three syllables: *nûclêər nûclear

smêar

nêar

cut pãre = 2 pãir = eat péar

homographs: weep têar and rip téar

yêar or yëar

cf. búgger: béggar

though contemporaries pronounced it ending in schwa: Élgàr

*kûger coûgar

sh- sùgar

buŷer, flŷer and trîer rhyme with lîar

brîar

jàr

símilar

píllar

cáterpillar

hóller rhymes with cóllar

dóllar

sk- schólar

môlar

vernácular

spectácular

molécular

múscular

régular

ángular

síngular

júgular

grámmar

Myánmàr

sônàr

-z- quâsàr

púlsàr

*hù-zàr hussàr

Qátàr

néctar

scímitàr

sítàr

hard - guitàr

change ålter = church åltar

mŏrtar

stàr

schwa: AmE uh = BrE er

mostly schwa; stressed -ër in some words; some AmE -er words are -re in BrE: -er

câber

ámber

châmber

clámber

émber

Decémber

remémber

Septémber

Novémber

silent b: *clîmer clîmber

tímber

silent b: bómmer bómber

BrE sómbre AmE sómber

úmber

encúmber

cûcumber

Húmber

lúmber

Plúmmer = plúmber

Octôber

cáncer

dāncer

ádder

ládder

bládder

sádder

cîder

glîder

spîder

person Rŷder = ride, logic rîder

insîder

ålder

bålder

élder

mîlder

bí- buílder

wîlder

bewílder

ôlder

côlder

pôlder

cf. sôldier: sôlder

bold bôlder = rock bôulder

shôulder

- Leánder

- meánder

propagánda rhymes with BrE gánder

slānder

*îləndə(r) îslander

cf. sqùalor: sqùander

ẁander

blénder

ténder

remâinder

cínder

mînder

remînder

wònder

yónder

únder

thúnder

blúnder

plúnder

fòunder

flòunder

asúnder

hàrder

làrder

bŏarder

wårder

ŏrder

bŏrder

mürder

enginêer

pîonêer

iléc- electionêer

snêer

cf. wither sêar, one diphthong, one syllable: *sêeər, two syllables see sêer

voluntêer

defër

confër

refër

prefër

óffer

próffer

cónifer

pílfer

hard g: làger

-jer mánager

-jer têenâger

-jer: -dger

lódger

hard g: -gger

cf. béggar: dágger

bígger

lógger

blógger

*Nizhãir Nigér

hard g: tîger

hard g: áng-ger ánger

no g sound: bánger

*dânjer dânger

no g sound: aeroplane hángar = coat hánger

*mânjer mânger

*ərânjer arrânger

*strânjer strânger

*pássinjer, *pássənjer pássenger

*méssinjer, *méssənjer méssenger

*Kíssinjer Kíssinger

*hàrbinjer hàrbinger

hard g: fíng-ger fínger

*jínjer gínger

hard g: líng-ger línger

*Sálinjer Sálinger

no g sound: sprínger

no g sound: sínger

no g sound: wínger

hard g: *mòng-ger -mònger

físhmònger

warmonger

hard g: *stróng-ger: strónger

hard g: *húng-ger: húnger

-j- scròunger

hard g: yoúnger

-j- astróloger

-j- Róger

àrcher

màrcher

cátcher

decîpher

gôpher

cîpher or cŷpher

rásher

usually voiced th and schwa -ther

bâther

féather

héather

léather

climate wéather

BrE far fàrther = AmE, BrE dad fàther

lāther

bláther

rāther

unvoiced th: êther

togéther

if whéther

téther

béllwéther

êither AmE, BrE eîther

nêither AmE, BrE neîther

for most speakers where whíther = decay wíther

òther

bóther

smòther

mòther

a mòther, two words, makes a minimal pair with one word anòther

bròther

fàrther

fürther

clòudier

idéntifîer

*cashêer cashíer

clôthìer

supplîer

ëarlìer

BrE: entertainment prémiére, minister prémier; both AmE: premíere = premíer

píer

cópìer

croûpìer

person Crŷer = cry, town crîer

hárrier

térrier

minimal pair: ẁarrior cf. wòrrier

côsìer

hôsìer

silent French r: *dóssiây (though some anglicise it): dóssìer

cry têar = level tíer

frontíer

héavier

mâker

tâker

úndertaker

Décker = Dékker

trékker

jôker

Boòker

coòker

hoòker

ónloòker

BrE snoôker, AmE snoòker

pôker

brôker

bàrker

wörker

whísker

hándler

tóddler

jâiler

tåller

dóllar rhymes with hóller

rôller

K(ə)m- Khmér

grámmar rhymes with hámmer

spámmer

stámmer

baseball hômer = person Hômer

wårmer

fŏrmer

stúnner

góner

paríshioner

lôner

*Boôer Boer

dîaper

kêeper

léper

cáliper

jûniper

interlôper

próper

dápper

slápper

pépper

dípper

kípper

skípper

slípper

nípper

rípper

Pópper

úpper

Hàrper

shàrper

Jásper

whísper

prósper

philánderer

ẁanderer

mürderer

lâser

*loôzer loser

tréspasser

câter

lâter

wâiter, cf. wåter

cf. áctor: k- cháracter

detër

têeter

cf. BrE mêtre, AmE mêter distance, rhythm: parámeter

Demêter

perímeter

thermómeter

Pêter = out pêter

trúmpeter

intërpreter

Éxeter

Yû- Uttóxeter

wåter rhymes with *dåwter dåughter

āfter rhymes with lāughter

*slåwter slåughter

*mánsslåwter mánslåughter

wâiter

nâil-bîter

fítter rhymes with còunterfeíter

church åltar = change ålter

fålter

Wålter

shélter

helter-skélter

wélter

bánter

sing cántŏr cf. run cánter

promôter

chápter

hélicopter

chàrter

gàrter

stàrter

quårter

convërter

pŏrter

repŏrter

suppŏrter

brŏadcaster

Láncaster

disāster

Wébster

mónster makes a minimal pair with móbster

person Léster = city Léicester

Bertie Woòster = city Worcester

*Glóster Glóucester

Chéster

Mánchester

Dŏrchester

or -or: protéster

gángster

yoúngster

blíster

Bánnister = bánister

cánister

sínister

síster

Úlster

mínster

Wéstmínster

spínster

mónster

Múnster

roôster

Worcester = Woòster

hípster

búster

dúster

BrE lústre AmE lúster

blúster

múster

bátter

fátter

hátter

mátter

pátter

bétter

bítter

lítter

hótter

tótter

útter

bútter

nútter

stútter

contríbutor *contríbuter

pollûter

commûter

compûter

Báxter

Déxter

*lácker lácquer

-chécker exchéquer

avër

hâver

brâver

quâver

wâver

ever

fêver

whichéver

AmE léver, BrE lêver

cléver

whenéver

*hû-éver whoéver

wheréver

*wót-éver whatéver

hòwéver

dîver

fîver

gíver

líver

Óliver

slíver

ríver

arrow, shake quíver

sálver

sílver

ôver

còver

discòver

Dôver

Ándôver

hándôver

hóver

lòver

clôver

Hánover

plòver

rôver

art dråwdesk dråwer

neŵer

breŵer

bòwer

còwer

Gòwer

shòwer

lôwer

flòwer

glòwer

môwer

pòwer

grôwer

tòwer

*ānser ānswer

cf. lãir: lâyer

plâyer

*prãir prãyer

*fŏyây fŏyèr

låwyer rhymes with emplŏyer

destrŏyer

buŷer

*lŏyer låwyer

blâzer

trâilblazer

thére *thãir rhymes with ãir

animal hãre = head hãir

chãir

declãre rhymes with eclãir

questionnãire rhymes with debonãir

eat peãr = trim pãre = two pãir

prepãre makes a minimal pair with repãir

despãir

nâdìr

fïr

cf. répertoire: -dwàr boûdoir

paper quîre = singers choîr

-vwàr réservoir

tâpìr

stïr

bestïr

mostly schwa, as also -er and -our; none of the words listed right here have the -our ending in British English; see -our for some other American English -or spellings: -or

córridŏr

cóndŏr

cf. thérefore: fŏr

abhŏr

ánk- ánchor

ultêrior

antêrior

postêrior

minimal pair: wòrrier cf. ẁarrior

person Tâylor = clothes tâilor

pállor

chāncellor

trémor

dônor

*ónər hónour BrE = AmE hónor

gòvernor

dŏor

pŏor

érror

térror

mírror

hórror

cut cénsor = sense sénsor

spónsor

téar tŏre = crag tŏr

cf. créditor: prédator

álligâtor

flagellâtor

móderâtor

óperâtor

órator

colláborâtor

narrâtor

spectâtor

áctor

héctor = Héctor

léctor

Selécter band = seléctor

colléctor

séctor

protéctor

véctor

dóctor

proprîetor

trâitor

cf. prédator: créditor

åuditor

jánitor

mónitor

méntŏr

oil cāstor = Pollux Cāstor

protéster is much more common than protéstor

invéstor

resístor

transístor

impóstor

carburéttor

contríbutor

Trévor

Îvor

whïrr

Cŏrr

fürr

pürr

occür

recür

incür

concür

*grándure, BrE *gránjə grándeur

on- BrE entreprenëur, AmE entrepreneûr

racontëur

sabotëur

rapportëur

frottëur

longuëur

voyëur

für

Åuger = åugur

AmE súlfur BrE súlphur

Àrthur

demür

fêmur

lêmur

mürmur

AmE hàrbor BrE *hàrbə hàrbour

AmE ráncor BrE *ráncə ráncour

scòur

doûr

preposition fŏr = 4 fŏur

we òur = time hòur

petal flòwer = dough flòur

AmE còlor BrE *cúlə còlour

cf. sqùander: AmE sqùalor BrE *skwólə sqùalour

AmE glámor BrE *glámə glámour

AmE hûmor BrE *hûmə hûmour

AmE rûmor BrE *rûmə rûmour

AmE tûmor BrE *tûmə tûmour

silent h: AmE hónor BrE *ónə hónour

sòur

(for some speakers = téar tŏre = hill tŏr) travel toûr

devòur

spür

imprimàtur

nón-séquitur

mostly -ə(r) -yr

Jóhnny St. Cýr

zéphyr

Mërthyr

cf. sátîre: sátyr

màrtyr