Definition of deer in English:



  • A hoofed grazing or browsing animal, with branched bony antlers that are shed annually and typically borne only by the male.

    Family Cervidae: several genera and many species

    • ‘Today, his son was young and strong, so he would ask Jason to hunt deer or elk.’
    • ‘Looping back around, I got a closer look at the ears and realised that it was probably a muntjac deer.’
    • ‘Quickly and silently, his warriors parted and one large man carried in a deer over his shoulders.’
    • ‘Police said it was standard advice to cover the head of an injured deer or other animal to help reduce its stress.’
    • ‘The herald glanced at me, a look that was as nervous and as fleeting as the deer in the gardens.’
    • ‘They found a baby deer and rescued it, thinking they had found the source of the noise.’
    • ‘It had not horns in the sense of a deer or a cow but it had bony protuberances above the eyes.’
    • ‘Every young sapling that pokes its head above the heather is chewed to death by hungry deer.’
    • ‘Environmentalists argue that Pooley is of exceptional value to deer and wolves.’
    • ‘There is no relationship between the numbers of foxes, deer or hares as far as we can see and levels of damage.’
    • ‘Why are some so poisonous to us, but not to the deer or squirrels who eat them?’
    • ‘The land around the ranch is a protected wintering area for elk, deer and bighorn sheep.’
    • ‘For the past two years, members have tried to scare the deer off, to no avail.’
    • ‘It took Han a full hour to find the deer and when he finally located it, it was standing between two large trees.’
    • ‘The deer are so tame they will come and take food from your hand and when we were there they took food from your pocket.’
    • ‘Workers are now desperately searching for the female deer, who they believe is still at large.’
    • ‘The deer, sheep and feral goats obviously appreciated the route through the forest too.’
    • ‘It should be said that the carted deer run for a much shorter distance than the deer on Exmoor.’
    • ‘After a few hours of this, and no luck with the deer, we return home drenched.’
    • ‘Now there is no way they could do that to a healthy deer so I removed the hounds and the deer ran off.’


Old English dēor, also originally denoting any quadruped, used in the (now archaic) phrase small deer meaning ‘small creatures collectively’; of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dier, German Tier.