• IPA: /djuː/
  • IPA: /dʒuː/ (among those with yod-coalescence in stressed syllables)
  • (America) IPA: /du/ (among those with yod-dropping)


  1. (uncountable) Any moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces.
  2. (uncountable) Moisture in the air that settles on plants, etc in the morning, resulting in drops.
    Synonyms: rore
  3. (countable, but see usage notes) An instance of such moisture settling on plants, etc.
    There was a heavy dew this morning.
  4. (figurative) Anything that falls lightly and in a refreshing manner.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      the golden dew of sleep
  5. (figurative) An emblem of morning, or fresh vigour.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Psalms 110:3 ↗:
      Thy people ſhalbe willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holineſſe from the wombe of the morning: thou haſt the dew of thy youth.
    • the dew of his youth
Translations Verb

dew (dews, present participle dewing; past and past participle dewed)

  1. To wet with, or as if with, dew; to moisten.
    • The grasses grew / A little ranker since they dewed them so.
Related terms Translations
  • Russian: оросить

  1. Acronym of distant early warning
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Proper noun
  1. Surname

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