One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used as a friendly or condescending form of address.
- ‘‘It's just your imagination, dearie,’ the nurse said compassionately.’
- ‘It's comments like this that make me glad you exist, dearie.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘‘Don't worry, dearie,’ one of them smiled, placing an old hand on his.’
- ‘She smiled at them and said; ‘Now dearies, this will be a nice and simple contest.’’
- ‘And all you have to do, dearie, is keep your mouth shut and do as your told.’
- ‘You need anything else, dearies, you don't hesitate to ask, all right?’
- ‘It was coming, I knew it was… ‘So, dearie, have you got a boyfriend yet?’’
- ‘‘Oh, dearie, you look beautiful,’ I heard my mother tell me as I walked down the steps.’
- ‘Mrs. Bradbury sympathized and comforted her, saying, ‘One day he'll be back for you, dearie.’’
- ‘Would you appreciate a bit of assistance there, dearie?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Hate to break it to you, dearie, but in case you haven't noticed, the power is out.’
- ‘Sit yourself down, dearie, and tell me everything.’
- ‘You're getting hungry now, aren't you, dearie?’
- ‘Come to the kitchen dearie, you need a warm bath.’
- ‘‘That's petrol dearie,’ added one of the older females.’
- ‘Are you going to cry in this movie - again - like you have in the past 79,000, dearie?’
- ‘Don't get all jealous now dearie - we both know that you're the only one for him.’
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