dear me

Also, oh dear. A polite exclamation expressing surprise, distress, sympathy, etc. For example, Dear me, I forgot to mail it, or Oh dear, what a bad time you've been having. These usages may originally have invoked God, as in dear God or oh God, which also continue to be so used. [Late 1600s]


Nearby words

  1. deanna,
  2. deanthropomorphism,
  3. dear,
  4. dear john,
  5. dear john letter,
  6. dearborn,
  7. dearborn heights,
  8. dearborn, fort,
  9. dearborn, henry,
  10. dearest

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