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dere

[deer]
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adjective
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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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Historical Examples

  • And afterwardes he sent her home to his house, where he vsed and interteigned her like his derest and eldest daughter.

    The Palace of Pleasure

    William Painter


British Dictionary definitions for derest

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 derest

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 derest

dear

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