What is dear?

  • (adj): Having a high price.
    Example: "Much too dear for my pocketbook"
    Synonyms: costly, high-priced, pricey, pricy
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "dear":

  • (adj): With or in a close or intimate relationship.
    Example: "My sisters and brothers are near and dear"
    Synonyms: good, near
  • (noun): A sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child).
    Synonyms: lamb
  • (adv): At a great cost.
    Example: "This cost him dear"
    Synonyms: dearly

Famous quotes containing the word dear:

    From this moment, then, my dear girl—but why, permit me to ask, must a female be made Nobody? Ah! my dear, what were this world good for, were Nobody a female?
    Frances Burney (1752–1840)

    our Saviour asked his dear mother
    If he could play at ball.
    Unknown. The Bitter Withy (l. 3–4)

    Thy due from me
    Is tears and heavy sorrows of the blood,
    Which nature, love, and filial tenderness
    Shall, O dear father, pay thee plenteously.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)