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plaguy

or plaguey

[pley-gee] /ˈpleɪ gi/ Chiefly Northern U.S.
adjective
1.
such as to plague, torment, or annoy; vexatious:
a plaguy pile of debts.
adverb
2.
vexatiously or excessively:
The room is plaguy hot.
Origin of plaguy
1565-1575
First recorded in 1565-75; plague + -y1
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Examples from the Web for plaguey
Historical Examples
  • 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

plaguy

/ˈpleɪɡɪ/
adjective
1.
disagreeable or vexing
adverb
2.
disagreeably or annoyingly
Derived Forms
plaguily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for plaguey
adj.

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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