From Middle English, from Old English dēaw (“dew”), from Proto-Germanic *dawwaz, *dawwą (“dew, moisture”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰew- (“to run, flow”). Cognate with West Frisian dau, North Frisian dauw (“dew”), Dutch dauw (“dew”), Low German Dau, German Tau (“dew”), Danish dug (“dew”), Swedish dagg (“dew”), Icelandic dögg (“dew”) and Faroese døgg (“dew”), Ancient Greek θέω (théō, “run”, verb), Persian دویدن (davidan, “run”, verb), Albanian dejë (“spot where the snow thaws”), Sanskrit धावति (dhāvati, “run, flow, move”).
- IPA(key): /djuː/
- IPA(key): /dʒuː/ (among those with Yod-coalescence in stressed syllables)
- (US) IPA(key): /du/ (among those with Yod-dropping)
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- Homophones: due, do, doo (US, some dialects)
- (uncountable) moisture in the air that settles on plants, etc in the morning, resulting in drops.
- (countable, but see usage notes) an instance of a such moisture settling on plants, etc.
- There was a heavy dew this morning.
- (uncountable) Any moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces.
- (figuratively) Anything that falls lightly and in a refreshing manner.
- The golden dew of sleep.
- An emblem of morning, or fresh vigour.
- The dew of his youth.
- Although the countable sense is still used, the plural form is now archaic or poetic only.
- (moisture settling on plants): rore (obsolete)
- To wet with, or as if with, dew; to moisten.
- A. B. Saxton
- The grasses grew / A little ranker since they dewed them so.
- A. B. Saxton
|Cardinal : dew|
- (cardinal) two
- Soft mutation of tew.