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EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

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).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

dew (countable and uncountable, plural dews)

  1. (uncountable) moisture in the air that settles on plants, etc in the morning, resulting in drops.
  2. (countable, but see usage notes) an instance of a such moisture settling on plants, etc.
    There was a heavy dew this morning.
  3. (uncountable) Any moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces.
  4. (figuratively) Anything that falls lightly and in a refreshing manner.
    • Shakespeare
      The golden dew of sleep.
  5. An emblem of morning, or fresh vigour.
    • Longfellow
      The dew of his youth.

Usage notesEdit

  • Although the countable sense is still used, the plural form is now archaic or poetic only.

SynonymsEdit

  • (moisture settling on plants): rore (obsolete)

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VerbEdit

dew (third-person singular simple present dews, present participle dewing, simple past and past participle dewed)

  1. To wet with, or as if with, dew; to moisten.
    • A. B. Saxton
      The grasses grew / A little ranker since they dewed them so.

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From adéu.

InterjectionEdit

dew

  1. (Internet slang) bye

CornishEdit

Cornish cardinal numbers
1 2 3
    Cardinal : dew

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Celtic *dwaw, from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁.

NumeralEdit

dew

  1. (cardinal) two

See alsoEdit

  • (cardinal number): Previous: onan. Next: tri

WelshEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

dew

  1. Mutated form of tew.

MutationEdit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
tew dew nhew thew

ZazakiEdit

NounEdit

dew

  1. village

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