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Origin of deary

First recorded in 1675–85; dear1 + -y2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. plural dearies informal a term of affection: now often sarcastic or facetious
  2. deary me! or dearie me! an exclamation of surprise or dismay
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Word Origin and History for dearie



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

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