Old mears ponderously started the ball; but no one could keep it rolling.
When Alice appealed to Mr. mears she also met only the kindest of words.
Under their influence Mrs. mears expanded like a thirsty plant in a gentle shower.
After a little thought she called mears behind the glass, and interrogated him.
I came through Durley, where I went to the house of farmer mears.
I am accessible here to any of the staff—from Mr. mears to the door boy.
But Motters place at first was taken by mears, and Jack again held down second.
He consulted Mr. mears, and asked him to tell her; but mears did not dare either.
Sooner or later during the forenoon, Mrs. Marsden-Thompson rings her bell and asks for Mr. mears.
mears advised the solicitor to take Yates into his confidence, and let Yates tell her.
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").