What does the word bier mean?

Usage examples for bier

  1. Rather a bier for a bed, the grave for a home. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  2. At your own request We come to hear your self- imposed vows- And now you shrink: where are the high- flown fancies Which but last week, beside your husband's bier, You vapoured forth? – The Saint's Tragedy by Charles Kingsley
  3. All the young unmarried women who chanced to meet the procession extended the first two fingers of the left hand pointing towards the rabbit, at the same time repeating the following doggerel:- Gustin, Gustin, lacks a bier, Maidens, maidens, bury him here. – Folklore as an Historical Science by George Laurence Gomme