- (General American) IPA(key): /dɪɹ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪə/
- (Scotland) IPA(key): /diːr/
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- Rhymes: -ɪə(r)
- Homophones: deer, Deere
From Middle English dere, from Old English dēore. Cognate with Dutch duur (“costly, precious”), German teuer (“costly, precious”), Icelandic dýr (“expensive”), Norwegian dyr, Swedish dyr (“expensive”).
- Loved; lovable.
- Loving, affectionate, heartfelt
- Such dear embrace tenderly comforts even in this dear sorrow.
- Precious to or greatly valued by someone.
- The dearer the giver, the dearer the trinket he brings!
- High in price; expensive.
- The dearer the jewel, the greater the love expressed?
- A formal way to start (possibly after my) addressing somebody at the beginning of a letter, memo etc.
- Dear Sir/Madam/Miss, please notice our offices will be closed during the following bank holidays: […] .
- A formal way to start (often after my) addressing somebody one likes or regards kindly.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, The Mirror and the Lamp:
- “A very welcome, kind, useful present, that means to the parish. By the way, Hopkins, let this go no further. We don't want the tale running round that a rich person has arrived. Churchill, my dear fellow, we have such greedy sharks, and wolves in lamb's clothing. […]”
- My dear friend, I feel better as soon as you come sit beside my sickbed!
- An ironic way to start (often after my) addressing an inferior.
- My dear boy, if your grades don't pick up I won't bounce you on but over my knee!
- (obsolete) Noble.
loving, affectionate, heartfelt
precious to or greatly valued by someone
high in price; expensive
formal way of addressing
an informal way of addressing the recipient in a letter's opening line
a formal way to start (often after my) addressing somebody one likes or regards kindly
an ironic way to start (often after my) addressing an inferior
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dear (plural dears)
- (kind loving person): darling
a very kind, loving person
beloved#noun — see beloved
- Severe(ly affected), sore
sore — see sore
- To draw (design).
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|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.