mere

1
[ meer ]
/ mɪər /

adjective, superlative mer·est.

being nothing more nor better than: a mere pittance; He is still a mere child.
Obsolete.
  1. pure and unmixed, as wine, a people, or a language.
  2. fully as much as what is specified; completely fulfilled or developed; absolute.

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Origin of mere

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1250–1300; Middle English < Latin merus pure, unmixed, mere

synonym study for mere

1. Mere, bare imply a scant sufficiency. They are often interchangeable, but mere frequently means no more than (enough). Bare suggests scarcely as much as (enough). Thus a mere livelihood means enough to live on but no more; a bare livelihood means scarcely enough to live on.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mere

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British Dictionary definitions for merest (1 of 4)

mere1
/ (mɪə) /

adjective superlative merest

being nothing more than something specifiedshe is a mere child

Word Origin for mere

C15: from Latin merus pure, unmixed

British Dictionary definitions for merest (2 of 4)

mere2
/ (mɪə) /

noun

archaic, or dialect a lake or marsh
obsolete the sea or an inlet of it

Word Origin for mere

Old English mere sea, lake; related to Old Saxon meri sea, Old Norse marr, Old High German mari; compare Latin mare

British Dictionary definitions for merest (3 of 4)

mere3
/ (mɪə) /

noun

archaic a boundary or boundary marker

Word Origin for mere

Old English gemǣre

British Dictionary definitions for merest (4 of 4)

mere4
/ (ˈmɛrɪ) /

noun

NZ a short flat striking weapon

Word Origin for mere

Māori
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