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, 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 ("to skin"), Albanian ther ("to slay, skin, pierce"). tire.
From Middle English teer, ter, tere, tear, from Old English tēar, tǣr, tæhher, teagor, *teahor, 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, Irish deoir and Latin lacrima.
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