- ( pl dearies) informal a term of affection: now often sarcastic or facetious
- deary me!, dearie me! ⇒ an exclamation of surprise or dismay
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dear•y (dēr′ē),USA pronunciation n., pl. dear•ies. Informal (sometimes facetious) .
- Sex and Gender, Sex and Genderdarling.
- dear1 + -y2 1675–85
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deary, dearie /ˈdɪərɪ/ n