or dear·ie

[ deer-ee ]
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noun,plural dear·ies.Informal: Sometimes Facetious.

Origin of deary

First recorded in 1675–85; dear1 + -y2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use deary in a sentence

  • Im not after understandin your words exactly, dearie, but the meanins clear an its right yez are.

    Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
  • Now, dhry yer eyes, dearie, an' thry to be cheerful like 'fore the girls be comin' home.

  • "Tell me your dreams, dearie," replied the maid taking the little hand and holding it gently in both her own.

    They Looked and Loved | Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
  • "It is too soon to despair, dearie," said Aunt Zélie, as Bess looked ready to cry.

    The Story of the Big Front Door | Mary Finley Leonard
  • You've always your old father, you know—haven't you, dearie?

    Mary Gray | Katharine Tynan

British Dictionary definitions for deary



/ (ˈdɪərɪ) /

  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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