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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From die +‎ -er.

NounEdit

dier (plural diers)

  1. One who dies.
    • Don DeLillo, White Noise
      It's a way of controlling death. A way of gaining the ultimate upper hand. Be the killer for a change. Let someone else be the dier.
    • 2006, Shankar Mokashi Punekar, Awadheswari
      Since other languages are structurally constrained to say who it was who died and since the original leaves the identity of the dier unexpressed, any translation in the target language is going to be incorrect.

Usage notesEdit

  • Used in abstract and philosophical contexts, rather than in discussing a known individual who has died. Compare deceased.

AnagramsEdit


AfrikaansEdit

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /dir/, [diːr], [diər]
  • Hyphenation: dier
  • Rhymes: -ir

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch dier, from Old Dutch dier, from Proto-Germanic *deuzą, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewsóm.

NounEdit

dier n (plural dieren, diminutive diertje n)

  1. animal, any member of the kingdom Animalia
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

DeterminerEdit

dier

  1. (demonstrative) her, their, the latter's (genitive feminine singular and genitive plural of die).
    De verdachte heeft zich samen met een vriend, haar dochter en dier vriend schuldig gemaakt aan de moord op haar echtgenoot [...] (from a verdict of the Court of Justice at 's-Gravenhage, 2011 [1])
    The accused (woman) is guilty of having murdered her husband in cooperation with a friend, her daughter and the latter's friend [...]
Usage notesEdit

Dier is used in a similar way as the possessive determiners haar and hun. It is rare in spoken Dutch, but used occasionally in writing to avoid confusion. Compare:

  • Zij vertelde van haar dochter en haar man.She told of her daughter and her (own) husband.
  • Zij vertelde van haar dochter en dier man.She told of her daughter and the latter's husband.

The corresponding masculine and neuter singular form is diens.

Etymology 3Edit

AdjectiveEdit

dier (comparative dierder, superlative dierst)

  1. (dialectal, archaic) Alternative form of duur
Derived termsEdit

AnagramsEdit


ElfdalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse þeir, þær, from Proto-Germanic *þai. Cognate with Swedish de.

PronounEdit

dier

  1. they

LuxembourgishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German durri, from Proto-Germanic *þursuz. Cognate with German dürr, Dutch dor, Swedish torr, Icelandic þurr.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

dier (masculine dieren, neuter diert, comparative méi dier, superlative am diersten)

  1. (of plants and trees) dry, dead

DeclensionEdit


Middle DutchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Dutch dier, from Proto-Germanic *deuzą.

NounEdit

dier n

  1. animal
InflectionEdit

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

DescendantsEdit
  • Dutch: dier
  • Limburgish: deer

Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.

DeterminerEdit

dier

  1. inflection of die:
    1. feminine genitive/dative singular
    2. genitive plural

Further readingEdit

  • dier”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • dier (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

Norwegian BokmålEdit

VerbEdit

dier

  1. present tense of die

Old DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *deuzą.

NounEdit

dier n

  1. animal

InflectionEdit

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

DescendantsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • dier”, in Oudnederlands Woordenboek, 2012

West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian diār, from Proto-Germanic *deuzą.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

dier n (plural dieren, diminutive dierke)

  1. animal

Derived termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • dier”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011