deer

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English[edit]

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A deer (1)

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From Middle English deere, dere, der, dier, deor (small animal, deer), from Old English dēor, dīor (an animal, beast, any sort of wild animal, wild beast; deer, reindeer), from Proto-Germanic *deuzą (animal), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeusóm (living thing), from *dʰeus (breath), full-grade derivative of *dʰu̯ésmi. Cognate with Scots dere, deir (deer), North Frisian dier (animal, beast), West Frisian dier (animal, beast), Dutch dier (animal, beast), German Low German Deer, Deert (animal), German Tier (animal, beast), Swedish djur (animal, beast), Icelandic dýr (animal, beast). Related also to Albanian dash (ram), Lithuanian daũsos (upper air; heaven), Lithuanian dùsti (to sigh), Russian душа (dušá, breath, spirit), Lithuanian dvėsti (to breath, exhale), Sanskrit ध्वंसति (dhvaṃsati, he falls to dust). For semantic development compare Latin animalis (animal), from anima (breath, spirit).

Noun[edit]

deer (plural deer or deers)

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  1. (obsolete) A beast, usually a quadruped as opposed to birds, fish, etc.
  2. (archaic) (Esp. in phrase small deer) Any animal, especially a mammal.
    But mice and rats and such small deer, have been Tom's food for seven long year. -Shakespeare, King Lear. Act III. Sc. IV.
  3. (zoology) a ruminant mammal with antlers and hooves of the family Cervidae or one of several similar animals from related families of the order Artiodactyla
    I wrecked my car after a deer ran across the road.
  4. The meat of such an animal
    Oh, I've never had deer before.

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deer

  1. first-person singular present indicative of deren
  2. imperative of deren

Limburgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Germanic *deuzom, from Indo-European *dheusom. Cognate with English deer (Old English dēor), Dutch dier, German Tier, Swedish djur; and with Lithuanian dvēsti, Russian душа (dušá).

Noun[edit]

deer n

  1. pet
  2. (obsolete) beast, animal

Inflection[edit]

Inflection
Root singular Root plural Diminutive singular Diminutive plural
Nominative deer deer deerke deerkes
Genitive deers deer deerkes deerkes
Locative daer daer daerke daerkes
Dative* daerem daerer ? ?
Accusative* deer ? deerke deerkes
  • The dative and accusative are obsolete nowadays, use the nominative instead.