Origin of deary
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Examples from the Web for dearie
"Well, dearie, you seem to be feeling pretty good," he said.Alice Adams
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
"Go with Mrs. Todd, dearie," Martha directed as she had always done.Phyllis</p>
She began: "'Ave you got to sit there the 'ole of the afternoon, dearie?"
- plural dearies informal a term of affection: now often sarcastic or facetious
- deary me! or dearie me! an exclamation of surprise or dismay
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Word Origin and History for dearie
also dearie, diminutive of dear with a notion of "dear one."
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