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Definition sheer

Etymology 1

From Middle English shere, scheere, schere, skere, from Old English *sċǣre; merged with Middle English schyre, schire, shire, shir, from Old English sċīr (“clear, bright; brilliant, gleaming, shining, splendid, resplendent; pure”) and Middle English skyr, from Old Norse skírr (“pure, bright, clear”), both from Proto-Germanic *skīriz (“pure, sheer”) and *skairiz, from Proto-Indo-European *sḱēy- (“luster, gloss, shadow”). Cognate with Danish skær, German schier (“sheer”), Dutch schier (“almost”), Gothic ?????? (skeirs, “clear, lucid”). Outside Germanic, cognate to Albanian hir (“grace, beauty; goodwill”).


sheer (comparative sheerer or more sheer, superlative sheerest or most sheer)

  1. (textiles) Very thin or transparent.
  2. (obsolete) Pure in composition; unmixed; unadulterated.
  3. (by extension) Downright; complete; pure.
  4. Used to emphasize the amount or degree of something.
  5. Very steep; almost vertical or perpendicular.

sheer (comparative more sheer, superlative most sheer)

  1. (archaic) Clean; quite; at once.

sheer (plural sheers)

  1. A sheer curtain or fabric.

Etymology 2

Perhaps from Dutch scheren (“to move aside, skim”); see also shear.


sheer (plural sheers)

  1. (nautical) The curve of the main deck or gunwale from bow to stern.
  2. (nautical) An abrupt swerve from the course of a ship.

sheer (third-person singular simple present sheers, present participle sheering, simple past and past participle sheered)

  1. (chiefly nautical) To swerve from a course.
  2. (obsolete) To shear.

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