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deary

or dearie

[deer-ee] /ˈdɪər i/
noun, plural dearies. Informal: Sometimes Facetious.
1.
Origin of deary
1675-1685
1675-85; dear1 + -y2
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  • “Now you kin come out, dearie,” said Lilly, turning to the coffee-hole on recovering composure.

    The Middy and the Moors R.M. Ballantyne
  • Well, Miss Judy, well—anything to please you, dearie—it all depends.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • Honey crossed to dearie, put her head on his shoulder, and began to cry softly.

    Skinner's Dress Suit Henry Irving Dodge
  • "That's your great-grandfather, dearie, that I've told you about," she said patronizingly.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • He has come for food, dearie, but I cannot make him understand that we have nothing.

    Some Three Hundred Years Ago Edith Gilman Brewster
  • "Let's go down, dearie, and hear the music," she said light heartedly.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • Oh, it ain't nothing, dearie; just a bit of the trembles, and to prove to old Hannah that she is getting on in years.

    The Palace Beautiful L. T. Meade
  • Well, dearie,” he said cheerfully to his wife, “how do you like the prairie?

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • Go back to the house, Miss Pixie, dearie, and tell the mistress the new habit is as good as paid for.

    Pixie O'Shaughnessy Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • "I am afraid you have been very dull, dearie," said she, reaching out her hand to me.

British Dictionary definitions for dearie

deary

/ˈdɪərɪ/
noun
1.
(informal) (pl) dearies. a term of affection: now often sarcastic or facetious
2.
deary me!, dearie me!, an exclamation of surprise or dismay
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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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Slang definitions & phrases for dearie

dearie

noun

Dear person; cherished one •A somewhat vulgar term of address used chiefly by women: If you wore it you can't return it, dearie (1888+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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