derry

[ der-ee ]

noun,plural der·ries.
  1. a meaningless refrain or chorus in old songs.

Origin of derry

1
First recorded in 1545–55; of obscure origin
  • Also called der·ry-down [der-ee-doun]. /ˈdɛr iˌdaʊn/.

Words Nearby derry

Other definitions for Derry (2 of 2)

Derry
[ der-ee ]

noun
  1. a town in SE New Hampshire.

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How to use derry in a sentence

  • Hugh Marten conspired with my father—hired him, I might rather say—to drive you and me apart, derry.

British Dictionary definitions for derry (1 of 3)

derry1

/ (ˈdɛrɪ) /


nounplural -ries
  1. have a derry on Australian and NZ to have a prejudice or grudge against

Origin of derry

1
C19: probably from derry down, a refrain in some folk songs, alluding to the phrase have a down on; see down 1

British Dictionary definitions for derry (2 of 3)

derry2

/ (ˈdɛrɪ) /


nounplural -ries
  1. slang a derelict house, esp one used by tramps, drug addicts, etc

Origin of derry

2
C20: shortened from derelict

British Dictionary definitions for Derry (3 of 3)

Derry

/ (ˈdɛrɪ) /


noun
  1. a district in NW Northern Ireland, in Co Londonderry. Pop: 106 456 (2003 est). Area: 387 sq km (149 sq miles)

  2. another name for Londonderry

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