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.

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


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.