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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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DEEDIE, DEEDY, adj. Active. Also common in Eng. dial. [′didi]Abd. 1865 G. Macdonald Alec Forbes II. xviii.:
And stronger gurgling of the swift, deep, deedie water in the race.
Abd. 1882 G. Macdonald Castle Warlock xvii.:
Grizzie was live as the new day, bustling and deedy.

[From deed, n., + -ie, -y, adj. suffix. Found first in Eng. in comb. ill-deedy, c.1460.]

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