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dere

[deer]
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adjective
  1. dear2.
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dear2

or dere

[deer]
adjective, dear·er, dear·est. Archaic.
  1. hard; grievous.
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Origin of dear2

before 1000; Middle English dere, Old English dēor brave, bold, severe
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Examples from the Web for dere

Historical Examples

  • He'll be out for de goods; it's a gal owns him, an' dere'll be nut'in' doin'.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Dere didn't useter be no diff'ence 'tween us, and dere oughtn't to be none now.'

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Impossible, miladi; dere 's nobody livin' in dese houses at all.

  • When he got dere de Yankees had done been to de house an' gone.

  • You see I was jest a kid and dere's a lot of things I can't remember.


British Dictionary definitions for dere

dear

adjective
  1. beloved; precious
  2. used in conventional forms of address preceding a title or name, as in Dear Sir or my dear Mr Smith
  3. (postpositive foll by to) important; closea wish dear to her heart
    1. highly priced
    2. charging high prices
  4. appealing or prettywhat a dear little ring!
  5. for dear life urgently or with extreme vigour or desperation
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interjection
  1. used in exclamations of surprise or dismay, such as Oh dear! and dear me!
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noun
  1. (often used in direct address) someone regarded with affection and tenderness; darling
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adverb
  1. dearlyhis errors have cost him dear
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Derived Formsdearness, noun

Word Origin

Old English dēore; related to Old Norse dӯrr
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Word Origin and History for dere

dear

adj.

Old English deore "precious, valuable, costly, loved, beloved," from Proto-Germanic *deurjaz (cf. Old Saxon diuri, Old Norse dyrr, Old Frisian diore, Middle Dutch dure, Dutch duur, Old High German tiuri, German teuer), ultimate origin unknown. Used interjectorily since 1690s. As a polite introductory word to letters, it is attested from mid-15c. As a noun, from late 14c., perhaps short for dear one, etc.

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Idioms and Phrases with dere

dear

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