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[deer-ee] /ˈdɪər i/
noun, plural dearies. Informal: Sometimes Facetious.
Origin of deary
1675-85; dear1 + -y2 Unabridged
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  • “Now you kin come out, dearie,” said Lilly, turning to the coffee-hole on recovering composure.

    The Middy and the Moors R.M. Ballantyne
  • "Well, dearie, you seem to be feeling pretty good," he said.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Honey crossed to dearie, put her head on his shoulder, and began to cry softly.

    Skinner's Dress Suit Henry Irving Dodge
  • She began: "'Ave you got to sit there the 'ole of the afternoon, dearie?"

  • He has come for food, dearie, but I cannot make him understand that we have nothing.

    Some Three Hundred Years Ago Edith Gilman Brewster
  • But, dearie, it wouldn't make her any happier to see you so somber.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • Oh, it ain't nothing, dearie; just a bit of the trembles, and to prove to old Hannah that she is getting on in years.

    The Palace Beautiful L. T. Meade
  • If the work is too heavy, dearie, you must choose some one to help you.

    If You Touch Them They Vanish Gouverneur Morris
  • Go back to the house, Miss Pixie, dearie, and tell the mistress the new habit is as good as paid for.

    Pixie O'Shaughnessy Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • You can fake up something, dearie, if you're afraid to tell the truth.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
British Dictionary definitions for dearie


(informal) (pl) dearies. a term of affection: now often sarcastic or facetious
deary me!, dearie me!, an exclamation of surprise or dismay
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Word Origin and History for dearie



also dearie, diminutive of dear with a notion of "dear one."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dearie



Dear person; cherished one •A somewhat vulgar term of address used chiefly by women: If you wore it you can't return it, dearie (1888+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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