Compeer has a definition:

A person of equal rank, status or ability

What I am asking is what context is this word typically used? And equally important - is it valid to use the words compeering and compeeringly? What is the general rule for this?

I'd really like to use the word compeering, but I'm not sure how correct it would be to.

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    These Google Ngrams reinforce my belief that I'm in good company never using it. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 19 '15 at 0:28
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    It is not typically used. At all. The real question is, what is wrong with "peer"? – Nonnal Nov 19 '15 at 0:37
  • Even supposing that "compeer" was a common word that you might use in sentences like, "He and his compeers went out to dinner after the presentation." or "I know Ed. He is a compeer of mine." and noticing that I can substitute peer for compeer in all those sentences. Give me a sentence in which you would use "peering" (where it doesn't mean looking intently at something). – Jim Nov 19 '15 at 0:46
  • Well, okay. "In order to beat oppression, one must face oppression through the eyes of the oppressed as can only be done by those that take the peering journey into their minds" EDIT: This is assuming you meant to replace compeering with peering in the context of you not seeing a meaningful difference between peer and compeer. – Jaico Nov 19 '15 at 1:19
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    @Jaico It just doesn't make sense. It's like saying "microphoningly" or "chairingly," or maybe "grassingly" or "doorknobbingly." – Matt Samuel Nov 19 '15 at 2:06

It's not good style to us words of the rarest frequency. For me it is a dictionary corpse or carcass, that is registered in the dictionary but not used. If you use it you may be sure that nobody has heard of the word.

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Compeering is a word so far as SCRABBLE players are concerned. It's in the official SCRABBLE dictionary put out by Merriam-Webster and is a verb meaning to equal or to match.


If you like it use it.

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