Definition of dear exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪr//
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used in expressions that show that you are surprised, upset, annoyed or worried Oh dear! I think I've lost my purse! Oh dear! What a shame. Dear me! What a mess! Dear oh dear! What are you going to do now? Word OriginOld English dēore, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dier ‘beloved’, also to Dutch duur and German teuer ‘expensive’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dear