Last modified on 30 March 2014, at 18:25
From Middle English bidewen, bideawen, equivalent to be- + dew. Cognate with Dutch bedauwen (“to bedew”), German betauen (“to bedew”).
bedew (third-person singular simple present bedews, present participle bedewing, simple past and past participle bedewed)
- (transitive) To make wet with or as if with dew.
- 1885: Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado
- While sympathetic tears
- My cheeks bedew
- 1836, Eliza Cook, "The Old Armchair"
- I LOVE it, I love it ; and who shall dare
- To chide me for loving that old Arm-chair ?
- I've treasured it long as a sainted prize ;
- I've bedewed it with tears, and embalmed it with sighs.
- 1831, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
- Soft tears again bedewed my cheeks, and I even raised my humid eyes with thankfulness towards the blessed sun which bestowed such joy upon me.