adjective, dear·er, dear·est.
Origin of dear1
Synonyms for dear
adjective, dear·er, dear·est. Archaic.
Origin of dear2
Related Words for dearervaluable, pet, familiar, darling, close, intimate, high, steep, fancy, stiff, loved, precious, respected, cherished, endeared, esteemed, prized, treasured, costly, high-priced
Examples from the Web for dearer
Historical Examples of dearer
The memory of you will be dearer to me than comfort from all else.Night and Morning, Complete
But I discharge you of it; at least, while I have the happiness of nearer and dearer relations.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
She could have kissed her face in the glass, it was so like that other dearer one.Tiverton Tales
What rendered him yet dearer to us, was that there was enmity between him and Mrs. Mitchell.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Steenie's unselfish solitude of soul made him every day dearer to her.Heather and Snow
- highly priced
- charging high prices
Word Origin for dear
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with dear
- dear me
- for dear life
- nearest and dearest