Definition of deer in US English:

deer

noun

  • 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

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

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

deer

/dir//dɪr/