- a boundary or boundary marker.
Origin of mere3
Examples from the Web for mear
What can she be to me but a mear recklection—a vishn of former ears?Burlesques
William Makepeace Thackeray
But for ganging to Carloisle, he's dead foundered, man, as cripple as Eckie's mear.'Red Gauntlet
Sir Walter Scott
And now another call for the appointed sport is drowned by the flatboatmen singing the ancient tune of 'Mear.'
Blair reports section 10 ready for track layers and Mear's outfit moving into the Palisade Caon.Held for Orders
Frank H. Spearman
We did a mear nothing provisionally, hardly a Bottle extra, wich is a proof in Pint.
- being nothing more than something specifiedshe is a mere child
- archaic, or dialect a lake or marsh
- obsolete the sea or an inlet of it
- archaic a boundary or boundary marker
- NZ a short flat striking weapon
Word Origin and History for mear
c.1400, "unmixed, pure," from Old French mier "pure" (of gold), "entire, total, complete," and directly from Latin merus "unmixed" (of wine), "pure; bare, naked;" figuratively "true, real, genuine," probably originally "clear, bright," from PIE *mer- "to gleam, glimmer, sparkle" (cf. Old English amerian "to purify," Old Irish emer "not clear," Sanskrit maricih "ray, beam," Greek marmarein "to gleam, glimmer"). Original sense of "nothing less than, absolute" (mid-15c., now only in vestiges such as mere folly) existed for centuries alongside opposite sense of "nothing more than" (1580s, e.g. a mere dream).
Old English mere "sea, ocean; lake, pool, pond, cistern," from Proto-Germanic *mari (cf. Old Norse marr, Old Saxon meri "sea," Middle Dutch maer, Dutch meer "lake, sea, pool," Old High German mari, German Meer "sea," Gothic marei "sea," mari-saiws "lake"), from PIE *mori- "sea" (cf. Latin mare, Old Church Slavonic morje, Russian more, Lithuanian mares, Old Irish muir, Welsh mor "sea," Gaulish Are-morici "people living near the sea").