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

Words Nearby deary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use deary in a sentence

  • Twas he, a tender deary, that made Anthony marry me, and thereby turned hisself from a little calamity to a little blessing!

    Two on a Tower | Thomas Hardy
  • But don't you fret about Bambo, deary; he'll soon be all right, never fear, once you and missy are safe at home.

    Two Little Travellers | Frances Browne Arthur
  • Occasionally a proud son of Lenox borrowed the coat of an officer to appear smart in the picture he was to send to his deary.

    Company G | A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
  • "Yes, my deary; he did come at last," she said, in a voice full of a satisfaction that was almost solemn in its intensity.

  • She understood, and said: 'deary, that ole bull has to be helped to his stall every night after a day in the pastoor.

    Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks | Lillian Elizabeth Roy

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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