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From Persian دير (der), from Old Persian 𐎭𐎼𐎥 (darga). Related to Avestan 𐬛𐬀𐬭𐬆𐬔𐬀 (darǝga-, long) and Sanskrit दीर्घ (dīrgha, long (in time or space)).


देर (derfUrdu spelling دير

  1. delay, hold-up (also देरी)
    आज सुबह को दो घंटे की देर थी।
    There was a two-hour delay this morning.
    मुझे कार्यालय में थोड़ी सी देर हो गई।
    I was slightly delayed in the office.



देर (derf — Urdu spelling: دير

  1. long (time)
    मैंने जाने से पहले देर तक सोचा।
    I thought long before going.
    वह बहुत देर तक वहाँ खड़ी रही।
    She stood there for a long time.
  2. late
    हमें देर हो रही है।
    We are getting late.
    देर आये दुरुस्त आये।
    (Prov.) Better late than never.

Usage notes[edit]

  • देर can be considered an adverb in the same sense as it is considered an adjective (see देर से).