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  1. A pet form of the male given name Laurence.
    • 1868 Louisa May Alcott: Little Women. Chapter 3:
      "I’m not Mr. Laurence, I’m only Laurie."
      "Laurie Laurence, what an odd name."
      "My first name is Theodore, but I don’t like it, for the fellows called me Dora, so I made them say Laurie instead."
  2. A surname derived from the male given name.
    • ca. 1700 ?William Douglas: Annie Laurie:
      Maxwelton braes are bonnie
      Where early fa's the dew;
      An' it's there that Annie Laurie
      Gi'ed me her promise true.
  3. A diminutive of Laura. Popular as a female given name in the US in the mid-twentieth century.
    • 2005 Adeline Catherine Anderson: My Sunshine. Signet Classic 2005. ISBN 0451213807 page 397:
      Laura called her parents. Her father answered. Fighting to keep her voice steady, Laura said, "Hi, Daddy."
      "Laurie? How's my little girl?"