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See also: derë


Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English dere, from Old English dæru, daru (injury, hurt, harm, damage, calamity; loss, deprivation), from Proto-Germanic *darō (damage, injury), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰō(w)- (to sharpen). Cognate with Middle Dutch dare, dere, Middle Low German dere, Old High German tara (damage, injury).


dere (plural deres)

  1. (transitive, UK dialectal) Hurt; harm; injury.
    She did him dere.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English deren, derien, from Old English derian (to damage, injure, hurt, harm), from Proto-Germanic *darjaną (to injure, harm), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰō(w)- (to sharpen). Cognate with Scots dere, deir (to harm, hurt, injure), Saterland Frisian dera (to injure, damage), West Frisian deare, derre (to harm, injure), Dutch deren (to injure, damage, scathe), Middle High German tern (to injure). Related to dart.


dere (third-person singular simple present deres, present participle dering, simple past and past participle dered)

  1. (transitive, UK dialectal) To hurt; harm; injure; wound.
    • c.1390, Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Squire's Tale’, Canterbury Tales:
      And of Achilles with his queynte spere, / For he koude with it bothe heele and dere [].
    • 1485, Syr Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Bk.XIII, Ch.xij:
      Thenne herd he a voyse say / Galahad I see there enuyronne aboute the so many angels that my power may not dere the /
  2. (transitive, UK dialectal) To annoy, trouble, grieve.
Derived terms[edit]






  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of deren

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]



dere (objective case dere)

  1. (personal) you (2nd person plural subject pronoun)