Definition of dearie in English:



  • Used as a friendly or condescending form of address.

    ‘having trouble, dearie?’
    • ‘You need anything else, dearies, you don't hesitate to ask, all right?’
    • ‘It's comments like this that make me glad you exist, dearie.’
    • ‘‘Don't worry, dearie,’ one of them smiled, placing an old hand on his.’
    • ‘Are you going to cry in this movie - again - like you have in the past 79,000, dearie?’
    • ‘You're getting hungry now, aren't you, dearie?’
    • ‘Hate to break it to you, dearie, but in case you haven't noticed, the power is out.’
    • ‘Well, of course, dearie, it's only good manners to be ashamed of it; it's expected from a woman.’
    • ‘‘Well, dearies,’ she tells the three of us, ‘I'm off to bed.’’
    • ‘She smiled at them and said; ‘Now dearies, this will be a nice and simple contest.’’
    • ‘Here you go my dearies, it's the best I could do for now, but I promise you that dinner will make up for it a hundred times over.’
    • ‘Would you appreciate a bit of assistance there, dearie?’
    • ‘‘It's just your imagination, dearie,’ the nurse said compassionately.’
    • ‘Sit yourself down, dearie, and tell me everything.’
    • ‘Mrs. Bradbury sympathized and comforted her, saying, ‘One day he'll be back for you, dearie.’’
    • ‘Come to the kitchen dearie, you need a warm bath.’
    • ‘And all you have to do, dearie, is keep your mouth shut and do as your told.’
    • ‘It was coming, I knew it was… ‘So, dearie, have you got a boyfriend yet?’’
    • ‘‘That's petrol dearie,’ added one of the older females.’
    • ‘Don't get all jealous now dearie - we both know that you're the only one for him.’
    • ‘‘Oh, dearie, you look beautiful,’ I heard my mother tell me as I walked down the steps.’


    dearie me!
    British informal
    • Used to express surprise or dismay.

      ‘well, dearie me, what a shame’
      • ‘The Archbishop of Canterbury's spokesman summed up the tastelessness of the exercise with his bemused response: ‘Oh dearie, dearie me!’’
      • ‘Oh dearie me; must be going soft in the head in my old age.’
      • ‘Great team of people, bursting with the juices of vigorous intellectual fulmination, but… oh dearie, dearie me…’
      • ‘Dearie, dearie me: I'm pretty tired too of this wet, miserable winter.’
      • ‘And, oh dearie dearie me, orange is most definitely the word.’
      • ‘Now, I know that Kevin is safely married with kids and all, but dearie me - he was quite brazenly flirting with Ewan all the way through the show.’