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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic A companion.
  • n. Archaic A spouse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A companion, comrade or friend.
  • n. A spouse; an animal's mate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mate or companion; -- often used of a wife.
  • adj. Fierce.
  • n. Fire.
  • n. Fear.
  • v. To fear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A Middle English form offear.
  • n. See feer.
  • n. A rare Middle English form of fire.
  • See fear.


Middle English, from Old English gefēra; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English (Northumbrian) fǣra, aphetic form of ġefēra ( > Middle English y-fere). (Wiktionary)



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    June 25, 2011

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    For the priests and the gallows tree?
    Aye lover he was of brawny men,
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    2. (n.) A mate or companion; -- often used of a wife.
    3. (n.) Fear.
    4. (n.) Fire.


    September 6, 2008

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