plaguy or pla·guey [ pley-gee] Chiefly Northern U.S. EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective such as to plague, torment, or annoy; vexatious: a plaguy pile of debts. adverb vexatiously or excessively: The room is plaguy hot. Origin of plaguy
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Examples from the Web for plaguey Historical Examples of plaguey
He was only too
plaguey sure of himself to feel any anxiety.
It takes a
plaguey lot to move it, and then it moves as slowly as a steam-roller.
"He aer a
plaguey feller, he's that short-winded," grumbled Bill.
I don't see what you want to be a
plaguey old saint for, anyway.
plaguey rascals said I was a night-walker, and that I behaved suspiciously. British Dictionary definitions for plaguey plaguy plaguey archaic, informal adverb disagreeably or annoyingly Derived Forms plaguily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for plaguey adj.
1570s, "pertaining to a plague," from
plague (n.) + -y (2). Figurative meaning "vexatious" is from 1610s. As an adverb (properly it would be plaguily) it is attested from 1580s, often with deliberate attempt at humor.
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