- hard; grievous.
Origin of dear2
Examples from the Web for dere
Historical Examples of dere
He'll be out for de goods; it's a gal owns him, an' dere'll be nut'in' doin'.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Dere didn't useter be no diff'ence 'tween us, and dere oughtn't to be none now.'The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Impossible, miladi; dere 's nobody livin' in dese houses at all.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
When he got dere de Yankees had done been to de house an' gone.
You see I was jest a kid and dere's a lot of things I can't remember.Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
- beloved; precious
- used in conventional forms of address preceding a title or name, as in Dear Sir or my dear Mr Smith
- (postpositive foll by to) important; closea wish dear to her heart
- highly priced
- charging high prices
- appealing or prettywhat a dear little ring!
- for dear life urgently or with extreme vigour or desperation
- used in exclamations of surprise or dismay, such as Oh dear! and dear me!
- (often used in direct address) someone regarded with affection and tenderness; darling
- dearlyhis errors have cost him dear
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