Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete speliing of near.
  • noun A kidney.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb obsolete Nearer.

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  • noun Scotland (anatomy) Kidney.

Etymologies

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From Middle English neere, nere ("kidney"), from Old English *nēora, *nēore ("kidney"), from Proto-Germanic *neurōn, *negwrōn, *negwran (“kidney”), from Proto-Indo-European *negwʰrós (“kidney”). Cognate with Dutch nier ("kidney"), Low German nere ("kidney"), German Niere ("kidney"), Swedish njure ("kidney"), Icelandic nýru ("kidney"), Latin nefrones, nefrendes, nebrundines ("testicles"), Ancient Greek νεφρός (nephrós, "kidney, testicle"). See kidney.

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