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machree

[muh-kree, muh-khree]
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noun Irish English.
  1. my dear.
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Origin of machree

First recorded in 1820–30, machree is from the Irish word mo chroidhe literally, my heart
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Historical Examples

  • Avick machree, machree, many a long look—out we will have for it.

    Fardorougha, The Miser

    William Carleton


British Dictionary definitions for machree

machree

adjective
  1. (postpositive) Irish my dearmother machree
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Word Origin

from Irish mo croidhe
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Word Origin and History for machree

Irish expression, 1829, from Irish-Gaelic mo chroidhe "(of) my heart," hence "my dear!"

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