dew

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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).

Pronunciation[edit]

Dew on a spider web

Noun[edit]

dew (countable and uncountable, plural dews)

  1. (uncountable) Any moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces.
  2. (uncountable) Moisture in the air that settles on plants, etc in the morning, resulting in drops.
    Synonym: rore (obsolete)
    • 2013, Warren Ellis; Nick Cave (lyrics), “We No Who U R”, in Push the Sky Away, performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds:
      Tree don't care what the little bird sings / We go down with the dew in the morning light / The tree don't know what the little bird brings / We go down with the dew in the morning
  3. (countable, but see usage notes) An instance of such moisture settling on plants, etc.
    There was a heavy dew this morning.
  4. (figuratively) Anything that falls lightly and in a refreshing manner.
    • Shakespeare
      the golden dew of sleep
  5. An emblem of morning, or fresh vigour.
    • Longfellow
      the dew of his youth
Usage notes[edit]
  • Although the countable sense is still used, the plural form is now archaic or poetic only.
Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English dewyn, dewen.

Verb[edit]

dew (third-person singular simple present dews, present participle dewing, simple past and past participle dewed)

  1. To wet with, or as if with, dew; to moisten.
    • A. B. Saxton
      The grasses grew / A little ranker since they dewed them so.
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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From adéu.

Interjection[edit]

dew

  1. (Internet slang) bye

Cornish[edit]

Cornish cardinal numbers
 <  1 2 3  > 
    Cardinal : dew

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Brythonic *dọw, from Proto-Celtic *dwau, from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁.

Numeral[edit]

dew

  1. (cardinal) two

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See also[edit]

  • (cardinal number): Previous: onan. Next: tri

Mutation[edit]


Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English dēaw, from Proto-Germanic *dawwaz, *dawwą.

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Noun[edit]

dew (plural dewes)

  1. dew; moisture present on plants.
  2. (figuratively) A rejuvenating substance.
  3. (rare) Sodden or water-soaked terrain.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French deü.

Adjective[edit]

dew

  1. Alternative form of dewe (due)

Noun[edit]

dew

  1. Alternative form of dewe (due)

Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

dew

  1. Soft mutation of tew.

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
tew dew nhew thew
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Zazaki[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Persian ده(deh).

Noun[edit]

dew ?

  1. village

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