When do you use "my dear"?

I'm a japanese and don't know the meaning of "my dear" exactly. One of my boyfriends in US always calls me so in YIM. We are just a friend but had a romantic situation once before (nothing happened between us...). i wonder if he likes me as a girl or thinks just a friend....

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  • 1 decade ago
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    it all depends on 1) the personality of this guy 2) the situation he uses it in

    it can have many different meanings - from sarcastic to romantic

    Personally I use it in jokes and sarcastically

    i hate such things between love mates and do not let my bfs call me "dear" (oh, blah blah)

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    My dear can be used in a rude way to bring down another person during argument and it can also be use as positive way like toward someone you loved. It's just like the phrase "my friend"...my friend when used during an argument, it actually mean to bring down the other person even though it look as a positive word

  • 1 decade ago

    dear can have many connotations. it really depends on the situation that it's being used. I know the lunchlady I talk to every day calls me dear too, but it isn't in a romantic way.

    dear can be used for romantic situations, but sometimes it's just a term of endearment.

  • 5 years ago

    Americans don't use it properly. Dear is used for your close love. Someone who means the world to you. Americans make everything into jokes and ignorance.

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  • 1 decade ago

    generally i use "my dear" to address a close friend..

    cant say in what way he uses it..

  • I had used my dear + name once and it was because i loved her so much

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i use "my dear" as a "joke" towards my friends. you know?

    example: "my dear friend caitlin, can i ask you a question?"

  • 7 years ago

    Usually at the end of an answer told by you to a question asked by someone special to you.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    hard to say. If he uses it instead of your name I think. I tend to nickname my crushes.

    But really IM means little. It's IM and there are no facial expressions...

  • 1 decade ago

    My dear means that he holds you close to his heart. That he yes, proabably like you.

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