Rear in Scrabble Dictionary

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Is rear a Scrabble word?

Yes. The word rear is a Scrabble US word. The word rear is worth 4 points in Scrabble:

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Is rear a Scrabble UK word?

Yes. The word rear is a Scrabble UK word and has 4 points:

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Yes. The word rear is a Words With Friends word. The word rear is worth 4 points in Words With Friends (WWF):

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Valid words made from Rear

You can make 11 words from 'rear' in our Scrabble US and Canada dictionary.


4 letters words from 'rear'

RARE 4REAR 4

3 letters words from 'rear'

ARE 3EAR 3
ERA 3ERR 3

2 letters words from 'rear'

AE 2AR 2
EA 2ER 2
RE 2 

All 4 letters words made out of rear

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Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word rear. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in rear.

Definitions and meaning of rear

rear

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɹɪɹ/, /ɹiɹ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɹɪə/
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)

Etymology 1

From Middle English reren (to raise), from Old English rǣran (to raise, set upright, promote, exalt, begin, create, give rise to, excite, rouse, arouse, stir up), from Proto-Germanic *raizijaną, *raisijaną (to cause to rise, raise), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁rey- (to lift oneself, rise). Cognate with Scots rere (to construct, build, rear), Icelandic reisa (to raise), Gothic 𐍂𐌰𐌹𐍃𐌾𐌰𐌽 (raisjan, to cause to rise, lift up, establish), German reisen (to travel, literally to rear up and depart); and a doublet of raise. More at rise.

Related to rise and raise, which is used for several of its now archaic or obsolete senses and for some of its senses that are currently more common in other dialects of English.

Alternative forms

  • reer, rere, rare (all obsolete)

Verb

rear (third-person singular simple present rears, present participle rearing, simple past and past participle reared)

  1. (transitive) To bring up to maturity, as offspring; to educate; to instruct; to foster.
    • (Can we date this quote by Thomas Southerne and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      He wants a father to protect his youth, and rear him up to virtue.
  2. (transitive, said of people towards animals) To breed and raise.
  3. (intransitive) To rise up on the hind legs
  4. (intransitive, usually with "up") To get angry.
  5. (intransitive) To rise high above, tower above.
  6. (transitive, literary) To raise physically or metaphorically; to lift up; to cause to rise, to elevate.
    Poverty reared its ugly head. (appeared, started, began to have an effect)
    The monster slowly reared its head.
    • (Can we date this quote by Lord Lytton and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Mine [shall be] the first hand to rear her banner.
  7. (transitive, rare) To construct by building; to set up
    to rear defenses or houses
    to rear one government on the ruins of another.
    • One reared a font of stone.
  8. (transitive, rare) To raise spiritually; to lift up; to elevate morally.
    • (Can we date this quote by Isaac Barrow and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      It reareth our hearts from vain thoughts.
  9. (transitive, obsolete) To lift and take up.
    • (Can we date this quote by Edmund Spenser and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      And having her from Trompart lightly reared, Upon his set the lovely load.
  10. (transitive, obsolete) To rouse; to strip up.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Dryden and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      And seeks the tusky boar to rear.
Usage notes
  • It is standard US English to raise children, and this usage has become common in all kinds of English since the 1700s. Until fairly recently, however, US teachers taught the traditional rule that one should raise crops and animals, but rear children, despite the fact that this contradicted general usage. It is therefore not surprising that some people still prefer to rear children and that this is considered correct but formal in US English. It is widespread in UK English and not considered formal.
  • It is generally considered incorrect to rear crops or (adult) animals in US English, but this expression is common in UK English.
Synonyms
  • (rise up on the hind legs): prance
  • build
  • elevate
  • erect
  • establish
  • lift
  • raise
Derived terms
  • raring
  • childrearing
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English reren, from Old English hrēran (to move, shake, agitate), from Proto-Germanic *hrōzijaną (to stir), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱera-, *ḱrā- (to mix, stir, cook). Cognate with Dutch roeren (to stir, shake, whip), German rühren (to stir, beat, move), Swedish röra (to touch, move, stir), Icelandic hræra (to stir).

Alternative forms

  • reer, rere (all obsolete)

Verb

rear (third-person singular simple present rears, present participle rearing, simple past and past participle reared)

  1. (transitive) To move; stir.
  2. (transitive, of geese) To carve.
    Rere that goose!
  3. (regional, obsolete) To revive, bring to life, quicken. (only in the phrase, to rear to life)
    (Speculum Sacerdotale c. 15th century)
Usage notes
  • In the third sense, the more common variant of to rear to life is to raise to life. “I pray you, Declan, servant of God, that in the name of Christ you would raise to life for me the seven hostages whom I held in bondage from the chieftains of Munster." (Life of Saint Declan of Ardmore By Saint Declan of Ardmore, Aeterna Press, 2015.)
Related terms
  • reremouse
  • uproar
References
  • The Middle English Dictionary

Etymology 3

From Middle English rere, from Old English hrēr, hrēre (not thoroughly cooked, underdone, lightly boiled), from hrēran (to move, shake, agitate), from Proto-Germanic *hrōzijaną (to stir), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱera-, *ḱrā- (to mix, stir, cook). Related to Old English hrōr (stirring, busy, active, strong, brave), Dutch roeren (to stir, shake, whip), German rühren (to stir, beat, move), Swedish röra (to touch, move, stir), Icelandic hræra (to stir).

Alternative forms

  • reer, rere
  • rare (US)

Adjective

rear (comparative rearer or more rear, superlative rearest or most rear)

  1. (now chiefly dialectal) (of eggs) Underdone; nearly raw.
  2. (chiefly US) (of meats) Rare.
Derived terms
  • rear-boiled
  • rear-roasted

Etymology 4

From Middle English rere, from Anglo-Norman rere, ultimately from Latin retro. Compare arrear. Doublet of retro.

Adjective

rear (not comparable)

  1. Being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost
Antonyms
  • front
Translations

Adverb

rear (comparative more rear, superlative most rear)

  1. (Britain, dialect) early; soon
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Gay.
      Then why does Cuddy leave his cot so rear!

Noun

rear (plural rears)

  1. The back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last on order; - opposed to front.
  2. (military) Specifically, the part of an army or fleet which comes last, or is stationed behind the rest.
  3. (anatomy) The buttocks, a creature's bottom
Synonyms
  • (buttocks): rear end
Translations

Verb

rear (third-person singular simple present rears, present participle rearing, simple past and past participle reared)

  1. To place in the rear; to secure the rear of.
  2. (transitive, vulgar, Britain) To sodomize (perform anal sex)
Derived terms

Anagrams

  • arré, rare

Latin

Verb

rear

  1. first-person singular present active subjunctive of reor

Swedish

Verb

rear

  1. present tense of rea.

Anagrams

  • rare

Source: wiktionary.org
  • REAP, to cut for harvest.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)