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Is tear a Scrabble word?

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

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Is tear a Scrabble UK word?

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

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Valid words made from Tear

You can make 26 words from 'tear' in our Scrabble US and Canada dictionary.


4 letters words from 'tear'

ARET 4RATE 4
TARE 4TEAR 4

3 letters words from 'tear'

ARE 3ART 3
ATE 3EAR 3
EAT 3ERA 3
ETA 3RAT 3
RET 3TAE 3
TAR 3TEA 3

2 letters words from 'tear'

AE 2AR 2
AT 2EA 2
ER 2ET 2
RE 2TA 2
TE 2 

All 4 letters words made out of tear

tear etar taer ater eatr aetr tera etra trea rtea erta reta tare atre trae rtae arte rate eart aert erat reat aret raet

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

Definitions and meaning of tear

tear

Etymology 1

From Middle English teren, from Old English teran (to tear, lacerate), from Proto-Germanic *teraną (to tear, tear apart, rip), from Proto-Indo-European *der- (to tear, tear apart). Cognate with Scots tere, teir, tair (to rend, lacerate, wound, rip, tear out), Dutch teren (to eliminate, efface, live, survive by consumption), German zehren (to consume, misuse), German zerren (to tug, rip, tear), Danish tære (to consume), Swedish tära (to fret, consume, deplete, use up), Icelandic tæra (to clear, corrode). Outside Germanic, cognate to Ancient Greek δέρω (dérō, to skin), Albanian ther (to slay, skin, pierce). Doublet of tire.

Pronunciation 1

  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: , IPA(key): /tɛə/
  • (US) enPR: târ, IPA(key): /tɛɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛə(ɹ)
  • Homophone: tare

Verb

tear (third-person singular simple present tears, present participle tearing, simple past tore, past participle torn or (now colloquial and nonstandard) tore)

  1. (transitive) To rend (a solid material) by holding or restraining in two places and pulling apart, whether intentionally or not; to destroy or separate.
    • 1886, Eleanor Marx-Aveling, translator, Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, 1856, Part III Chapter XI,
      He suffered, poor man, at seeing her so badly dressed, with laceless boots, and the arm-holes of her pinafore torn down to the hips; for the charwoman took no care of her.
  2. (transitive) To injure as if by pulling apart.
  3. (transitive) To destroy or reduce abstract unity or coherence, such as social, political or emotional.
  4. (transitive) To make (an opening) with force or energy.
  5. (transitive, often with off or out) To remove by tearing.
  6. (transitive, of structures, with down) To demolish
  7. (intransitive) To become torn, especially accidentally.
  8. (intransitive) To move or act with great speed, energy, or violence.
    • 2019, Lana Del Rey, "Hope Is a Dangerous Thing":
      I've been tearing around in my fucking nightgown. 24/7 Sylvia Plath.
  9. (intransitive) To smash or enter something with great force.
Synonyms
  • (break): rend, rip
  • (remove by tearing): rip out, tear off, tear out
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Translations

Noun

tear (plural tears)

  1. A hole or break caused by tearing.
    A small tear is easy to mend, if it is on the seam.
  2. (slang) A rampage.
    to go on a tear
Derived terms
  • on a tear
  • wear and tear
Translations

Derived terms

  • tearsheet

Etymology 2

From Middle English teer, ter, tere, tear, from Old English tēar, tǣr, tæhher, teagor, *teahor (drop; tear; what is distilled from anything in drops, nectar), from Proto-West Germanic *tah(h)r, from Proto-Germanic *tahrą (tear), from Proto-Indo-European *dáḱru- (tears).

Cognates include Old Norse tár (Danish tåre and Norwegian tåre), Old High German zahar (German Zähre), Gothic 𐍄𐌰𐌲𐍂 (tagr), Irish deoir and Latin lacrima.

Pronunciation 2

  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: , IPA(key): /tɪə/
  • (General American) enPR: tîr, IPA(key): /tɪɚ/
  • Homophone: tier (layer or rank)

Noun

tear (plural tears)

  1. A drop of clear, salty liquid produced from the eyes by crying or irritation.
  2. Something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear-shaped drop, as of some balsams or resins.
  3. (glass manufacture) A partially vitrified bit of clay in glass.
  4. That which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge.
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

tear (third-person singular simple present tears, present participle tearing, simple past and past participle teared)

  1. (intransitive) To produce tears.
    Her eyes began to tear in the harsh wind.
Translations

Anagrams

  • 'eart, Ater, Reta, aret, rate, tare, tera-

Galician

Etymology

Tea (cloth) +‎ -ar. Compare Portuguese tear and Spanish telar.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /teˈaɾ/

Noun

tear m (plural teares)

  1. loom

References

  • “tear” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • “tear” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • “tear” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

Middle English

Noun

tear

  1. (Early Middle English) Alternative form of tere (tear)

Old English

Etymology

From Proto-West Germanic *tah(h)r, from Proto-Germanic *tahrą.

Germanic cognates include Old Frisian tār, Old High German zahar, Old Norse tár, Gothic 𐍄𐌰𐌲𐍂 (tagr).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tæ͜ɑːr/

Noun

tēar m

  1. tear (drop of liquid from the tear duct)

Declension

Derived terms

  • tīeran

Descendants

  • English: tear

Portuguese

Etymology

From teia +‎ -ar.

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /teˈaʁ/

Noun

tear m (plural teares)

  1. loom (machine used to make cloth out of thread)
    • 1878, Joaquim Pedro Oliveira Martins, O hellenismo e a civilisação christan, publ. by the widow Bertand & Co., page 24.

West Frisian

Etymology

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Noun

tear c (plural tearen, diminutive tearke)

  1. fold
  2. crease

Further reading

  • “tear (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011

Source: wiktionary.org
  • TEAPOT, a vessel used in making and serving tea.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)