[bih-doo, -dyoo]

verb (used with object)

to wet with or as if with dew.

Origin of bedew

First recorded in 1300–50, bedew is from the Middle English word bydewen. See be-, dew Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bedew

Historical Examples of bedew

  • There are bosoms on which so many tears have been shed that I cannot bedew them with mine.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • You cannot kill me while I cling to you thus—while I kiss your hands—while I bedew them with my tears.


    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • This favor was granted him, and daily did he bedew his pillow with tears.

    The Miraculous Medal

    Jean Marie Aladel

  • She could only press the little boy to her heart and bedew his face with tears.


    Charlotte Turner Smith

  • Should I not bedew with my tears the graves of my sister and her children?

    Wieland; or The Transformation

    Charles Brockden Brown

British Dictionary definitions for bedew



(tr) to wet or cover with or as if with drops of dew
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