Dere vs Dire - What's the difference?

dere | dire |

As a noun dere

is door.

As an adjective dere

is bitter.

As a verb dire is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1

From (etyl) dere, from (etyl) .


(en noun)
  • Hurt; harm; injury.
  • She did him dere .

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) deren, derien, from (etyl) .


  • 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 .
  • * :
  • Thenne herd he a voyse say / Galahad I see there enuyronne aboute the so many angels that my power may not dere the /
  • To annoy, trouble, grieve.
  • Derived terms


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  • Warning of bad consequences: ill-boding; portentous.
  • Requiring action to prevent bad consequences: urgent, pressing.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-14, volume=411, issue=8891, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= It's a gas , passage=One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains.
  • Expressing bad consequences: dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable.
  • (label) Bad in quality, awful, terrible.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=December 10, author=Arindam Rej, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Norwich 4-2 Newcastle , passage=A second Norwich goal in four minutes arrived after some dire Newcastle defending. Gosling gave the ball away with a sloppy back-pass, allowing Crofts to curl in a cross that the unmarked Morison powered in with a firm, 12-yard header.}}

    Derived terms

    * direful * direly * direness * dire sisters * dire straits * dire wolf

    See also

    * voir dire


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