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”).
- 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)
- Homophone: Jew (UK, 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 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
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|Cardinal : dew|
- Soft mutation of tew.
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.