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mear

[meer] /mɪər/
noun, British Dialect.
1.
mere3 .

mere3

or mear

[meer] /mɪər/
noun, British Dialect.
1.
a boundary or boundary marker.
Origin of mere3
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English (ge)mǣre; cognate with Old Norse mǣri; akin to Latin mūrus wall, rim
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  • Old mears ponderously started the ball; but no one could keep it rolling.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
  • When Alice appealed to Mr. mears she also met only the kindest of words.

    Uncle Terry Charles Clark Munn
  • Under their influence Mrs. mears expanded like a thirsty plant in a gentle shower.

    May Iverson's Career Elizabeth Jordan
  • After a little thought she called mears behind the glass, and interrogated him.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
  • I came through Durley, where I went to the house of farmer mears.

    Rural Rides William Cobbett
  • I am accessible here to any of the staff—from Mr. mears to the door boy.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
  • But Motters place at first was taken by mears, and Jack again held down second.

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He consulted Mr. mears, and asked him to tell her; but mears did not dare either.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
  • Sooner or later during the forenoon, Mrs. Marsden-Thompson rings her bell and asks for Mr. mears.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
  • mears advised the solicitor to take Yates into his confidence, and let Yates tell her.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
British Dictionary definitions for mears

mere1

/mɪə/
adjective (superlative) merest
1.
being nothing more than something specified: she is a mere child
Word Origin
C15: from Latin merus pure, unmixed

mere2

/mɪə/
noun
1.
(archaic or dialect) a lake or marsh
2.
(obsolete) the sea or an inlet of it
Word Origin
Old English mere sea, lake; related to Old Saxon meri sea, Old Norse marr, Old High German mari; compare Latin mare

mere3

/mɪə/
noun
1.
(archaic) a boundary or boundary marker
Word Origin
Old English gemǣre

mere4

/ˈmɛrɪ/
noun
1.
(NZ) a short flat striking weapon
Word Origin
Māori
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Word Origin and History for mears

mere

adj.

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).

n.

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").

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