- a meaningless refrain or chorus in old songs.
Origin of derry
First recorded in 1545–55; of obscure origin
Also called der·ry-down [der-ee-doun] /ˈdɛr iˌdaʊn/.
- Londonderry(defs 1, 2).
- a town in SE New Hampshire.
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Examples from the Web for derry
He has been here to say that he's off for Derry to-night with the mail to meet Dolly.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
Derry wishes to serve his country but is bound by a tie he cannot in honor break.Glory of Youth
From Limavady to Derry there is very little uncultivated land.
The view of Derry at the distance of a mile or two is the most picturesque of any place I have seen.
His honour, happily, was away in Derry, and no one was there to question us as to our expedition.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
- have a derry on Australian and NZ to have a prejudice or grudge against
C19: probably from derry down, a refrain in some folk songs, alluding to the phrase have a down on; see down 1
- slang a derelict house, esp one used by tramps, drug addicts, etc
C20: shortened from derelict
- a district in NW Northern Ireland, in Co Londonderry. Pop: 106 456 (2003 est). Area: 387 sq km (149 sq miles)
- another name for Londonderry
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