noun, plural derries.
a meaningless refrain or chorus in old songs.
Also called derry-down [der-ee-doun] .

1545–55; of obscure origin Unabridged
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derry1 (ˈdɛrɪ)
n , pl -ries
(Austral), (NZ) have a derry on 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 down1]

derry2 (ˈdɛrɪ)
n , pl -ries
slang a derelict house, esp one used by tramps, drug addicts, etc
[C20: shortened from derelict]

Derry (ˈdɛrɪ)
1.  a district in NW Northern Ireland, in Co Londonderry. Pop: 106 456 (2003 est). Area: 387 sq km (149 sq miles)
2.  another name for Londonderry

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