- any of various composite plants the flowers of which have a yellow disk and white rays, as the English daisy and the oxeye daisy.
- Also called daisy ham. a small section of pork shoulder, usually smoked, boned, and weighing from two to four pounds.Compare picnic(def 3).
- Slang. someone or something of first-rate quality: That new car is a daisy.
- a cheddar cheese of cylindrical shape, weighing about 20 pounds.
- push up daisies, Informal. to be dead and buried.
Origin of daisy
Examples from the Web for daisies
No Emmas, no Ishmaels, no Pips, no Daisies (Miller or Buchanan).What Would Jane Eyre Sext?
December 23, 2014
Skied three days on the daisies (and a bit of snow) and then left for the hot glorious desert, horses, tennis, swimming.Leonard Bernstein Asked About Hemingway, So Martha Gellhorn Set the Record Straight
Leonard Bernstein, Martha Gellhorn
October 27, 2013
I pluck the daisies as they grow, and take them home,' said the old woman after a short silence. 'Charles Dickens' Enduring Insights on Human Loss and Suffering
February 18, 2013
Before her is a meadow of rich herbage, covered with daisies.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
But he threw me off his shoulders in a huff, among the daisies and the cyclamens.
But the Field of poppies and daisies begins to sway as under a gale.
All remembered the little brown hat with its wreath of daisies.
"There'll be daisies growing on her grave by this time," said Pete softly.The Manxman
- a small low-growing European plant, Bellis perennis, having a rosette of leaves and flower heads of yellow central disc flowers and pinkish-white outer ray flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
- Also called: oxeye daisy, marguerite, moon daisy a Eurasian composite plant, Leucanthemum vulgare having flower heads with a yellow centre and white outer rays
- any of various other composite plants having conspicuous ray flowers, such as the Michaelmas daisy and Shasta daisy
- slang an excellent person or thing
- pushing up the daisies dead and buried
Word Origin and History for daisies
Old English dægesege, from dæges eage "day's eye," because the petals open at dawn and close at dusk. (See day (n.) + eye (n.)). In Medieval Latin it was solis oculus "sun's eye." As a female proper name said to have been originally a pet form of Margaret (q.v.).
Daisy-cutter first attested 1791, originally of horses that trot with low steps; later of cricket (1889) and baseball hits that skim along the ground. Daisy-chain in the "group sex" sense is attested from 1941. Pushing up daisies "dead" is attested from 1918, but variants with the same meaning go back to 1842.