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deary

or dear·ie

[deer-ee]
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noun, plural dear·ies. Informal: Sometimes Facetious.
  1. darling.

Origin of deary

First recorded in 1675–85; dear1 + -y2
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Examples from the Web for dearie

Historical Examples

  • "Well, dearie, you seem to be feeling pretty good," he said.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • It would be better, dearie, to give up your expedition at once.

  • "There—there, dearie," Mrs. Morton whispered in a soothing voice.

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

  • "Go with Mrs. Todd, dearie," Martha directed as she had always done.

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    Dorothy Whitehill

  • She began: "'Ave you got to sit there the 'ole of the afternoon, dearie?"


British Dictionary definitions for dearie

deary

dearie

noun
  1. plural dearies informal a term of affection: now often sarcastic or facetious
  2. deary me! or dearie me! an exclamation of surprise or dismay
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for dearie

deary

n.

also dearie, diminutive of dear with a notion of "dear one."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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