A patronizing term for an elderly woman.
- It sometimes seems the only roles left to them are monstrous mothers and dotty old dears.
- Two nice old dears are sitting in the foyer of Woburn Elderly Care, a rest home and hospital run by the Presbyterian Church.
- It has a faint odour of the 50s, of old dears knitting and nodding.
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