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Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dew
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  1. Moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces, particularly at night."Her tears fell with the dews at even." [Tennyson.]
  2. Figuratively, anything which falls lightly and in a refreshing manner."The golden dewof sleep." [Shak.]
  3. An emblem of morning, or fresh vigor."The dewof his youth." [Longfellow.]

Note: Dew is used in combination; as, dew-bespangled, dew-drenched, dewdrop, etc.

Etymology: AS. deáw; akin to D. dauw, G. thau tau, Icel. dögg, Sw. dagg, Dan. dug; cf. Skr. dhav dhāv, to flow. √72. Cf. Dag dew

verb Dew
To wet with dew or as with dew; to bedew; to moisten; as with dew.
noun and adjective Dew
Same as Due, or Duty.
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  1. Water that has condensed on a cool surface overnight from water vapor in the air ("in the morning the grass was wet with dew")
Wiktionary

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”).

  1. (uncountable) moisture in the air that settles on plants, etc in the morning, resulting in drops.
  2. (countable, but see usage notes) an instance of a such moisture settling on plants, etc.
    There was a heavy this morning.
  3. (uncountable) Any moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces.
  4. (figuratively) Anything that falls lightly and in a refreshing manner.
  5. An emblem of morning, or fresh vigour.

dew was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Cornish, Welsh, and Zazaki

Notable Persons Named Dew

Dew Pongsatorn Supinyo is an easy listening and soul music singing. He has had major accomplishments since 2009. Dew was given the name พงศธร สุภิญโญ on March 21st, 1987 in Chonburi (city).

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dew

Sam Dew is a singer-songwriter.

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Stuart Dew is an australian rules football player.

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Thomas Roderick Dew was a professor of history, metaphysics, political economy, and university. Thomas was born in 1802 in King and Queen County, Virginia. He died in 1846.

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Walter Dew was a metropolitan police service and metropolitan police officer. Walter was born on April 7th, 1863 in Hardingstone. He breathed his last breath on December 16th, 1947.

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John was born on May 5th, 1948.

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Eddie was born on January 29th, 1909. He left this life on April 6th, 1972.

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Popularity of Dew as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dew U.S.
  White 73.75% 64.26%
  African American 20.43% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.10% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.80% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.54% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Dew

  • How Popular is the name Dew? As a last name Dew was the 5,561st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Dew first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Dew is Tuesday, October 26th, 1875.
  • How unique is the name Dew? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Dew. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Dew: Your name in reverse order is Wed. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dwe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dew? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,252 people with the last name Dew.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dew? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Dew as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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