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derry

[ der-ee ]
/ ˈdɛr i /
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noun, plural der·ries.
a meaningless refrain or chorus in old songs.
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Also called der·ry-down [der-ee-doun]. /ˈdɛr iˌdaʊn/.

Origin of derry

First recorded in 1545–55; of obscure origin

Other definitions for derry (2 of 2)

Derry
[ der-ee ]
/ ˈdɛr i /

noun
a town in SE New Hampshire.
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British Dictionary definitions for derry (1 of 3)

derry1
/ (ˈdɛrɪ) /

noun plural -ries
have a derry on Australian and NZ to have a prejudice or grudge against

Word Origin for derry

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) /

noun plural -ries
slang a derelict house, esp one used by tramps, drug addicts, etc

Word Origin for derry

C20: shortened from derelict

British Dictionary definitions for derry (3 of 3)

Derry
/ (ˈdɛrɪ) /

noun
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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