or dear·ie


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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deary




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."

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