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[doo, dyoo] /du, dyu/
moisture condensed from the atmosphere, especially at night, and deposited in the form of small drops upon any cool surface.
something like or compared to such drops of moisture, as in purity, delicacy, or refreshing quality.
moisture in small drops on a surface, as tears or perspiration.
verb (used with object)
to wet with or as with dew.
Origin of dew
before 900; Middle English; Old English dēaw; cognate with German Tau, Old Norse dǫgg
Related forms
dewless, adjective
undewed, adjective
Can be confused
dew, do, due. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dewed
Historical Examples
  • She spoke with broken voice, and her dark eyes were dewed by sorrow.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • That wreath of roses which thou didst steep within the cup is dewed with deadly bane.

    Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard
  • The pupils of her eyes were mere pin-points now; she shuddered convulsively, and her skin was dewed with perspiration.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • dewed down—by chemistry occult fashions petrified waters of worth.

    Accolon of Gaul Madison J. Cawein
  • The king turned pale; Saint-Aignan wiped his forehead, now dewed with perspiration.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • The dewed odors of the jasmin brought the memory of that stormy night when he had come to her in his sleep.

    Satan Sanderson

    Hallie Erminie Rives
  • On dewy nights the inside of the tray is dewed, and the grass inside is wetter than that outside.

    Meteorology J. G. M'Pherson
British Dictionary definitions for dewed


  1. drops of water condensed on a cool surface, esp at night, from vapour in the air
  2. (in combination): dewdrop
something like or suggestive of this, esp in freshness: the dew of youth
small drops of moisture, such as tears
(transitive) (poetic) to moisten with or as with dew
Word Origin
Old English dēaw; related to Old High German tou dew, Old Norse dögg
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Word Origin and History for dewed



Old English deaw, from Proto-Germanic *dawwaz (cf. Old Saxon dau, Old Frisian daw, Middle Dutch dau, Old High German tau, German Tau, Old Norse dögg "dew"), from PIE root *dheu- (2) "to flow" (cf. Sanskrit dhavate "flows, runs").

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dewed in Science
Water droplets condensed from the air, usually at night, onto cool surfaces near the ground. Dew forms when the temperature of the surfaces falls below the dew point of the surrounding air, usually due to radiational cooling. See also frost.
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Slang definitions & phrases for dewed



Marijuana (1960s+ Narcotics)

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mountain dew

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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