plaguy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj plaguy causing irritation or annoyance "tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork","aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport","found it galling to have to ask permission","an irritating delay","nettlesome paperwork","a pesky mosquito","swarms of pestering gnats","a plaguey newfangled safety catch","a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him","a vexatious child","it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"
    • adv plaguy in a disagreeable manner "it's so plaguey cold!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Plaguy Vexatious; troublesome; tormenting; as, a plaguy horse. Colloq Also used adverbially; as, “He is so plaguy proud.”
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • plaguy Plaguestricken; infected with the plague; marked by the plague or other foul disease.
    • plaguy Troublesome; vexatious; annoying.
    • plaguy Vexatiously; deucedly: as, plaguy hard; a plaguy long time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Plaguy (plā′gi) vexatious
    • adj Plaguy (Shak.) troublesome
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. plague—L. plaga, a blow; Gr. plēgē.

Usage

In literature:

The plaguy thing had a knack of intruding itself, just now, into all he undertook, and always mischievously.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
At last the Pope says to his Riv'rence, "I dunna what gev me this plaguy hiccup," says he.
"Stories of Comedy" by Various
I am plaguy full of History and Simile to night.
"The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6)" by Aphra Behn
The plaguy little imps of pages were constantly playing tricks, and seemed to delight in mischief.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Here, how plaguy dark it is!
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
You'd be plaguy rich, And settle your affairs most wonderfully.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
It's a plaguy bad look.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Their hearts are made of stout leather, I tell you; there's a plaguy sight of wear in 'em.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
I shan't try it yet a while; my feet are too plaguy sore!
"Little Grandfather" by Sophie May
We tried to chase 'em out, but the plaguy things wouldn't go.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
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In poetry:

There's bonny Maggy o' the brae
As gude as lass can be;
But 'cause I'm rich, these plaguy men
Hae a' run wud for me.
"I’m Tibby Fowler O’ The Glen" by Susanna Blamire
I'm Tibby Fowler o' the glen,
And nae great sight to see;
But 'cause I'm rich, these plaguy men
Will never let me be.
"I’m Tibby Fowler O’ The Glen" by Susanna Blamire
Now these, you know, have blest you long,
But yet, my friend! you're not still young;
And 'twixt us two, you were truths all told,
You think the gout sounds plaguy old --
Arriv'd at years full threescore ten --
"To J. W. On His Birth Day. A Dialogue Between Seventy Two and Twenty Seven" by Hector MacNeill
HAROLD.
And plaguy good he takes of his CHILDREN! He looks after our domestic as well as our
public interests! It was a strange whim in old Fritz to offer each of his soldiers
one of the factory girls for a wife!
"The Maid Of Saxony; Or, Who's The Traitor? - Act I" by George Pope Morris