from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Vexatious; bothersome.

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  • adj. Causing annoyance or bother, irritating

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Vexatious; troublesome; tormenting. [Colloq.] Also used adverbially.”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Plaguestricken; infected with the plague; marked by the plague or other foul disease.
  • Troublesome; vexatious; annoying.
  • Vexatiously; deucedly: as, plaguy hard; a plaguy long time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a disagreeable manner
  • adj. causing irritation or annoyance


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  • I have found some others nearly equal to her, but they are like white-Black Birds, plaguy rare. —

    Letter 209

  • I am not deprest, I am not ill, but this plaguy suspence worries me sadly sometimes.

    Letter 299

  • This plaguy Serpent cannot be slain, for the soothsayers aver it beareth a charmed life, but it were a mighty achievement, if for only one year, the realm could be relieved of its oppression.

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  • On the other hand, there might be a word or two to say about the rigging; if this was not all it should have been, the fault lay entirely with the plaguy considerations of our budget.

    The South Pole~ From Madeira to the Barrier

  • Moreover, how am I to know that this plaguy fellow is actually related to me? —

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • And sometimes they be so plaguy sulky, they tempt me to give 'em a knock a little matter too hard, and then they'll fall you into a fit, like, and go off in a twinkle. '


  • A pedant angler, I call him, a plaguy angler, so let him huff away, and turn we to thee and to thy sweet charm in fishing for men.

    Letters to Dead Authors

  • She gave me a saucy answer, as I was disposed to think it, because I had just then a twinge, that I could scarce bear; for pain is a plaguy thing to a man of my lively spirits.


  • England, and follow your example, I think — turn hermit, or some plaguy thing or other, and see what a constant course of penitence and mortification will do for me.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Joseph is plaguy squeamish again; but I know he only intends by his qualms to swell his merits with me.

    Clarissa Harlowe


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  • I'm loving came over all vague

    June 4, 2009

  • There once was a young Nat Swaine

    A brave sailor as Melville makes plain

    But fearful of being plaguy

    He came over all vague: he

    Never went a-whaling again.

    June 4, 2009

  • "There was young Nat Swaine, once the bravest boat-header out of all Nantucket and the Vineyard; he joined the meeting, and never came to good. He got so frightened about his plaguy soul, that he shrinked and sheered away from whales, for fear of after-claps in case he got stove and went to Davy Jones."

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 18

    June 3, 2009