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or plaguey

[pley-gee] /ˈpleɪ gi/ Chiefly Northern U.S.
such as to plague, torment, or annoy; vexatious:
a plaguy pile of debts.
vexatiously or excessively:
The room is plaguy hot.
Origin of plaguy
1565-75; plague + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I don't see what you want to be a plaguey old saint for, anyway.

    In Pawn Ellis Parker Butler
  • He was only too plaguey sure of himself to feel any anxiety.

    A Venetian June Anna Fuller
  • "Well, don't take that plaguey Irishman in the game, Fernando," said Sukey.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • The plaguey rascals said I was a night-walker, and that I behaved suspiciously.

    Captain Ravenshaw Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Now this morning Tregennis had at last put an end to the plaguey varmint.

    Tommy Tregennis Mary Elizabeth Phillips
  • "Gen. Rosecrans, it's all a plaguey lie," burst out Deacon Klegg.

  • Only three holidays left, and still this plaguey glass says 'very wet;'—I can't bear it—I can't—and I won't.

  • I understand that a plaguey Yorker has been seen about Manchester for a week past.

  • But Mr. Vane's orders was mighty strict about the plaguey thing.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • Our line's too plaguey slow and half of them are playing away up in the air.

    The Crimson Sweater Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for plaguey


disagreeable or vexing
disagreeably or annoyingly
Derived Forms
plaguily, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for plaguey

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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