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English

Etymology

Old English fær (peril or danger).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
fear

Plural
s

fear (s)
  1. (uncountable) A strong, uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger or threat.
    He was struck by fear on seeing the snake.
  2. (countable) A phobia, a sense of fear induced by something or someone.
    Not everybody has the same fears.
    I have a fear of ants.
  3. (uncountable) Extreme veneration or awe, as toward a supreme being or deity.

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Verb

Infinitive
to fear

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to fear (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To feel fear about (something).
    I fear the worst will happen.
  2. (transitive) To venerate; to feel awe towards.
    People who fear God can be found in Christian churches.
  3. (idiomatic) Regret
    I fear [regret that] I have bad news for you: your husband has died.

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Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [fʲaɾˠ]

Etymology

From Old Irish fer, from Proto-Celtic *wiro-, from Proto-Indo-European *wiro-. Compare Welsh gŵr, Latin vir, Old English wer.

Noun

fear m.

  1. man
  2. husband, male spouse

Declension

First declension

Bare forms:

Case Singular Plural
Nominative fear fir
Vocative a fhir a fheara
Genitive fir fear
Dative fear fir

Forms with the definite article:

Case Singular Plural
Nominative an fear na fir
Genitive an fhir na bhfear
Dative leis an bhfear

don fhear

leis na fir

Mutation

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
fear fhear bhfear
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Scottish Gaelic

Pronunciation

Noun

fear m. (plural fir)

  1. man
  2. husband, male spouse

Declension

First declension; forms with the definite article:

Case Singular Plural
Nominative am fear na fir
Vocative fhir fhir
Genitive an fir nam fear/fir
Dative leis an fhear leis na fir

West Frisian

Noun

fear

  1. ferry

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