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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. 2017.
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  • Eh, deary me, to think that life should run to such a puddle!

  • "deary, deary me," said poor John, trembling more than ever in the claw of the dragon.

    The Book of Dragons Edith Nesbit
  • I know how 'tis; I know you think that I am lone and lorn; but, deary love, 'tan't so no more!

    David Copperfield Charles Dickens
  • Why, say, me and deary has been here six weeks, and we've been havin' the time of our lives.

  • Then Mrs. Bateson inquired: "And what is it made of, deary?"

    The Farringdons Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler
  • You will break my heart, deary; comfort yourself, I beseech you.

  • Wouldn't you like some oyster-patties and some plumcake to munch while you are talking, deary?

    The Rebel of the School Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • Some stood all but speechless, only gasping out at intervals, "deary me."

  • "The beginning is very far away, deary," said Miss Ainslie, and Ruth fancied she heard a sigh.

    Lavender and Old Lace Myrtle Reed
  • deary me, but ye've gat all sorts of sons though you've nobbut two.

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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