Nearby words

  1. dean, james,
  2. deane,
  3. deanery,
  4. deanna,
  5. deanthropomorphism,
  6. dear john,
  7. dear john letter,
  8. dear me,
  9. dearborn,
  10. dearborn heights

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.

Related formsdear·ly, adverbdear·ness, noun

dear

2

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 dearer
Derived Formsdearness, noun

Word Origin for dear

Old English dēore; related to Old Norse dӯrr

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Word Origin and History for dearer

dear

adj.

Old English deore "precious, valuable, costly, loved, beloved," from Proto-Germanic *deurjaz (cf. Old Saxon diuri, Old Norse dyrr, Old Frisian diore, Middle Dutch dure, Dutch duur, Old High German tiuri, German teuer), ultimate origin unknown. Used interjectorily since 1690s. As a polite introductory word to letters, it is attested from mid-15c. As a noun, from late 14c., perhaps short for dear one, etc.

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Idioms and Phrases with dearer

dear

In addition to the idiom beginning with dear

  • dear me

also see:

  • for dear life
  • nearest and dearest
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