adjective, dear·er, dear·est.
Origin of dear1
Synonyms for dear
Examples from the Web for dearness
Historical Examples of dearness
However, before you can judge of their dearness or cheapness, you must see them.A Woman Intervenes
I don't know whether the dulness or the dearness be greatest.
Consequently there are two kinds of dearness and two kinds of cheapness.
It is certain that they inflict on the consumer all the evils of dearness.
I confess that your article on dearness and cheapness has led me to reflect.
- 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