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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for dews
Historical Examples
  • The dews are very plentiful, advantageously supplying the place of rain.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • The stains of sordid traffic shall be cleansed by the dews and the rains.

  • Often the clothes of the workers are quite wet with the early morning dews.

    The Story of the Cotton Plant Frederick Wilkinson
  • The dampness of the grave-yard clung to me, and the night dews were beginning to fall.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • At present, the dews are descending, and we will return to our divan, and take some coffee.'

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • These two fed on the dews of the morning; a woman and a man they were.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • It is cool and fresh with the dews of morning and of evening.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • It is the dew, Chanito; it is almost as abundant as the night dews in the Terre-Chaude.

  • Father, put on your hat; the dews are falling, and you are not as young as you used to be.'

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Night came on with her thousand stars, and brought me the dews of sleep.

    The Pilgrims Of The Rhine Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for dews


  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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dews



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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dews 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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for dews



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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