Origin of deary
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Related Wordssweetheart, nectar, sweet, dear, darling, flattery, deary, dearie, alveolus, precious, halvah
Examples from the Web for deary
You will break my heart, deary; comfort yourself, I beseech you.The Imaginary Invalid
Some stood all but speechless, only gasping out at intervals, "Deary me."
Deary me, but ye've gat all sorts of sons though you've nobbut two.
You can slip extra sandwiches in your pockets for me, deary.
And oh, she did not know a tenth of it, deary; not a tenth of it!
- plural dearies informal a term of affection: now often sarcastic or facetious
- deary me! or dearie me! an exclamation of surprise or dismay
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Word Origin and History for deary
also dearie, diminutive of dear with a notion of "dear one."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper