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or dearie

[deer-ee] /ˈdɪər i/
noun, plural dearies. Informal: Sometimes Facetious.
Origin of deary
First recorded in 1675-85; dear1 + -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for deary
Historical Examples
  • You will break my heart, deary; comfort yourself, I beseech you.

  • Some stood all but speechless, only gasping out at intervals, "deary me."

  • deary me, but ye've gat all sorts of sons though you've nobbut two.

  • You can slip extra sandwiches in your pockets for me, deary.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • And oh, she did not know a tenth of it, deary; not a tenth of it!

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • Have you been reading about the tenths in your Bible, deary?

    Three People Pansy
  • Yes, deary, but John heard him say it, and wrote it down for us.

    Three People Pansy
  • deary me, but if some folks were drowned, the world would get along without them!

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • You want a locket, deary; so I send one that my mother gave me years ago.

    An Old-fashioned Girl Louisa May Alcott
  • Tis a means of grace they be to the hear-r-rt—I nade no preacher to tell me that, deary.

    The Girl from Sunset Ranch Amy Bell Marlowe
British Dictionary definitions for deary


(informal) (pl) dearies. a term of affection: now often sarcastic or facetious
deary me!, dearie me!, an exclamation of surprise or dismay
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deary

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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