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OTHER WORDS FOR dear

1 darling, cherished.
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Origin of dear

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English dere, deire, Old English dēore, dīore, dȳre; cognate with Old High German tiuri, Old Norse dȳrr

synonym study for dear

5. See expensive.

OTHER WORDS FROM dear

dearly, adverbdearness, noun

Other definitions for dear (2 of 2)

dear2

or dere

[ deer ]
/ dɪər /

adjective, dear·er, dear·est.Archaic.
hard; grievous.

Origin of dear

2
First recorded before 1000; Middle English dere “fierce, hard,” 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with dear

dear

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