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mere

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[ meer ]
/ mɪər /
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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.

RELATED WORDS

simple, sheer, bare, minor, pure, poor, entire, little, plain, common, small, bald, blunt, complete, insignificant, stark, unadorned, unadulterated, unmitigated, utter

Nearby words

mercy killing, mercy seat, mercy stroke, merde, merdivorous, mere, meredith, meredith, george, meredith, owen, merely, merengue

Origin of mere

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1250–1300; Middle English < Latin merus pure, unmixed, mere
Can be confusedmere mère mirror

Synonym study

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for merest (1 of 4)

mere

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/ (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)

mere

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/ (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)

mere

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/ (mɪə) /

noun

archaic a boundary or boundary marker

Word Origin for mere

Old English gemǣre

British Dictionary definitions for merest (4 of 4)

mere

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/ (ˈmɛrɪ) /

noun

NZ a short flat striking weapon

Word Origin for mere

Māori
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