Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Industrious; active.
  • adj. Earnest; serious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Industrious; active.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Industrious; active.
  • n. A chicken or young fowl.

Etymologies

From deed +‎ -y. Cognate with Scots deedie, deedy ("active"). Compare also German tätig ("active"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Deedy is, deedy is, deedy is, deedy is,” repeated the parrot in a very angry voice about a dozen times under his shawl, and while the old lady was remonstrating with her too talkative companion their tickets were taken and they ran into the Hinxton Station.

    The American Senator

  • Instead of a Baron there stood Jim, white-waistcoated, demure, every hair in place, and, if she mistook not, even a deedy spark in his eye.

    The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid

  • Whereas if only she had been dishonest, and therefore commonplace, she would either have chucked her given word to the devil, or the deep grey sea over which she stood, and cleared for her own happiness and a marriage licence; or kept her word in one sense while making deedy little plans of triangular pattern for future reference.

    Leonie of the Jungle

  • He had read about them in a book called Magnet Stories, where there was a girl called Theodosia, and she could play brilliant trebles on the piano in duets, but the other girl knew all about leeches which is much more useful and golden deedy.

    The Wouldbegoods

  • There were grim silent depths in Nic's character; a small deedy spark in his eye, as it caught Christine's, was all that showed his consciousness of her.

    A Changed Man; and other tales

  • So he sole out an 'went to whah dey was re - cruitin', an 'hired hisse'f out to de Colonel for his servant; an' den he went all froo de battles everywhah, huntin 'for his ole mammy; yes in - deedy, he'd hire to fust one officer an' den an - other, tell he'd ransacked de whole Souf -- but you see I didn't know nuffin ''bout dis.

    A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It

  • Gladly will I bestir the deedy hands, everywhere behold where thou hast need of me; bepraise the rich pomp of thy splendour; pursue unwearied the lovely harmonies of thy skilled handicraft; gladly contemplate the thoughtful pace of thy mighty, radiant clock; explore the balance of the forces and the laws of the wondrous play of countless worlds and their seasons; but true to the

    Rampolli

  • Grizzie was bright as the new day, bustling and deedy.

    Warlock o' Glenwarlock

  • "Deedy is, deedy is, deedy is, deedy is," repeated the parrot in a very angry voice about a dozen times under his shawl, and while the old lady was remonstrating with her too talkative companion their tickets were taken and they ran into the Hinxton Station.

    The American Senator

  • Nic’s character; a small deedy spark in his eye, as it caught

    A Changed Man

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