Origin of dear

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

Related forms

dear·ly, adverbdear·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dearly (1 of 2)

dearly

/ (ˈdɪəlɪ) /

adverb

very muchI would dearly like you to go
affectionately
at a great cost

British Dictionary definitions for dearly (2 of 2)

Derived Forms

dearness, noun

Word Origin for dear

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

dear


In addition to the idiom beginning with dear

  • dear me

also see:

  • for dear life
  • nearest and dearest
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