deary

or dear·ie

[ deer-ee ]
/ ˈdɪər i /

noun, plural dear·ies. Informal: Sometimes Facetious.


Nearby words

  1. dearborn, henry,
  2. dearest,
  3. dearly,
  4. dearterialization,
  5. dearth,
  6. deasil,
  7. death,
  8. death adder,
  9. death and taxes, certain as,
  10. death angel

Origin of deary

First recorded in 1675–85; dear1 + -y2

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British Dictionary definitions for deary

deary

dearie

/ (ˈdɪərɪ) /

noun

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

deary

n.

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

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