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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English dew, from Old English dēaw (dew), from Proto-Germanic *dawwaz, *dawwą (dew, moisture), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewh₂- (smoke, haze). Cognate with West Frisian dau, North Frisian dauw (dew), Dutch dauw (dew), Low German Dau, German Tau (dew), Danish dug (dew), Norwegian Bokmål dugg (dew), Norwegian Nynorsk dogg (dew), Swedish dagg (dew), Icelandic dögg (dew) and Faroese døgg (dew).

The verb is from Middle English dewyn, dewen, from the noun above.

PronunciationEdit

 
Dew on a spider web

NounEdit

dew (countable and uncountable, plural dews)

  1. (uncountable) Any moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces.
  2. (uncountable) Moisture in the air that settles on plants, etc in the morning, resulting in drops.
    Synonym: rore (obsolete)
    • 2013, Warren Ellis; Nick Cave (lyrics), “We No Who U R”, in Push the Sky Away, performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds:
      Tree don't care what the little bird sings / We go down with the dew in the morning light / The tree don't know what the little bird brings / We go down with the dew in the morning
  3. (countable, but see usage notes) An instance of such moisture settling on plants, etc.
    There was a heavy dew this morning.
  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.

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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-Brythonic *dọw, from Proto-Celtic *dwau, from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁.

NumeralEdit

dew

  1. (cardinal) two

Related termsEdit

See alsoEdit

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

MutationEdit


Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English dēaw, from Proto-Germanic *dawwaz, *dawwą.

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NounEdit

dew (plural dewes)

  1. dew; moisture present on plants.
  2. (figuratively) A rejuvenating substance.
  3. (rare) Sodden or water-soaked terrain.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old French deü.

AdjectiveEdit

dew

  1. Alternative form of dewe (due)

NounEdit

dew

  1. Alternative form of dewe (due)

WelshEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

dew

  1. Soft mutation of tew.

MutationEdit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
tew dew nhew thew
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

ZazakiEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare Persian ده(deh).

NounEdit

dew ?

  1. village

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