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or dear·ie

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noun, plural dear·ies. Informal: Sometimes Facetious.
  1. darling.
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Origin of deary

First recorded in 1675–85; dear1 + -y2
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Related Words

sweetheart, nectar, sweet, dear, darling, flattery, deary, dearie, alveolus, precious, halvah

Examples from the Web for deary

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

  • And oh, she did not know a tenth of it, deary; not a tenth of it!

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

British Dictionary definitions for deary



  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 deary


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

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