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dees

[dees] /dis/
adjective, Slang.
1.
dece.

dee

[dee] /di/
noun
1.
a metal loop attached to tack, for fastening gear:
to hang wire cutters from a dee on a saddle.
2.
Physics. a hollow electrode for accelerating particles in a cyclotron.
Origin of dee
1785-1795
First recorded in 1785-95; so called from its shape, which resembles the letter D

Dee

[dee] /di/
noun
1.
John, 1527–1608, English mathematician and astrologer.
2.
a river in NE Scotland, flowing E into the North Sea at Aberdeen. 90 miles (145 km) long.
3.
a river in N Wales and W England, flowing E and N into the Irish Sea. About 70 miles (110 km) long.
4.
a male or female given name.

dece

or dees

[dees] /dis/
adjective, Slang.
1.
great, wonderful.
Origin
shortening of decent
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Examples from the Web for dees
Historical Examples
  • "All spoke for but dees wan," says Joe, fishing out one of the lot.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • Mudder Micmac, fadder wild Frinchman come to dees lakeshore.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • "dees leg must come off," said Dr. Saugrain, the army surgeon.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
  • In truth, he doesn't half believe in dees—the wren being to blame.

    The Last Miracle M. P. Shiel
  • When you said to him, 'but is Father dees still a prisoner, if one may ask?'

    The Last Miracle M. P. Shiel
  • dees, it seems, has somehow wronged him, and vengeance is to be taken.

    The Last Miracle M. P. Shiel
  • How sensitive he must be of the least chance of dees' escaping him!

    The Last Miracle M. P. Shiel
  • But this success must have been too much for the arrogant, weak head of dees.

    The Last Miracle M. P. Shiel
  • "Well, I imagine that sometimes one dees," put in Aunt Nettie, drily.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • "It was many year ago, when I very hungry in dees wood," said Joe.

    Bob Hunt in Canada

    George W. Orton
British Dictionary definitions for dees

dee

/diː/
verb
1.
a Scot word for die1

Dee1

/diː/
noun
1.
a river in N Wales and NW England, rising in S Gwynedd and flowing east and north to the Irish Sea. Length: about 112 km (70 miles)
2.
a river in NE Scotland, rising in the Cairngorms and flowing east to the North Sea. Length: about 140 km (87 miles)
3.
a river in S Scotland, flowing south to the Solway Firth. Length: about 80 km (50 miles)

Dee2

/diː/
noun
1.
John. 1527–1608, English mathematician, astrologer, and magician: best known for his preface (1570) to the first edition of Euclid in English
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