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Lincolnesque

Origin of dear

1
before 900; Middle English dere, Old English dēore; cognate with Old High German tiuri, Old Norse dȳrr

SYNONYMS FOR dear

1 darling, cherished.
5 See expensive.

OTHER WORDS FROM dear

dear·ly, adverbdear·ness, noun

Definition for dear (2 of 2)

dear2

or dere

[ deer ]
/ dɪər /

adjective, dear·er, dear·est. Archaic.

hard; grievous.

Origin of dear

2
before 1000; Middle English dere, Old English dēor brave, bold, severe
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British Dictionary definitions for dear

Derived forms of dear

dearness, noun

Word Origin for dear

Old English dēore; related to Old Norse dӯrr
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Idioms and Phrases with dear

dear

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