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or plaguey

[pley-gee] /ˈpleɪ gi/ Chiefly Northern U.S.
such as to plague, torment, or annoy; vexatious:
a plaguy pile of debts.
vexatiously or excessively:
The room is plaguy hot.
Origin of plaguy
First recorded in 1565-75; plague + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was only too plaguey sure of himself to feel any anxiety.

    A Venetian June

    Anna Fuller
  • It takes a plaguey lot to move it, and then it moves as slowly as a steam-roller.

    The Master Mummer E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "He aer a plaguey feller, he's that short-winded," grumbled Bill.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
  • I don't see what you want to be a plaguey old saint for, anyway.

    In Pawn Ellis Parker Butler
  • The plaguey rascals said I was a night-walker, and that I behaved suspiciously.

    Captain Ravenshaw Robert Neilson Stephens
  • But Mr. Vane's orders was mighty strict about the plaguey thing.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • If I could only git hold of him I'd shake the plaguey life out o' him.

  • "Gen. Rosecrans, it's all a plaguey lie," burst out Deacon Klegg.

  • "Well, don't take that plaguey Irishman in the game, Fernando," said Sukey.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • In a gude day I gets thru four pairs, but they'm gettin' plaguey 'ard for my old fengers.

British Dictionary definitions for plaguey


disagreeable or vexing
disagreeably or annoyingly
Derived Forms
plaguily, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for plaguey

1570s, "pertaining to a plague," from plague (n.) + -y (2). Figurative meaning "vexatious" is from 1610s. As an adverb (properly it would be plaguily) it is attested from 1580s, often with deliberate attempt at humor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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