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[dey-zee] /ˈdeɪ zi/
noun, plural daisies.
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
before 1000; Middle English dayesye, Old English dægesēge the day's eye
Related forms
daisied, adjective
Can be confused
dais, daisy, days. Unabridged
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  • Nettie held out her hand for the bunch of daisies and looked at them carefully, and laughed.

  • She touched the white heads of the daisies; but did not pick them, because they looked so happy.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • And the daisies all lived, and increased in numbers until the room overflowed with them.

  • Webster is lovely then—all filled with daisies and buttercups and wild roses.

    Virginia of Elk Creek Valley Mary Ellen Chase
  • The moon was a lone white lamb on a shadowy hill all spotted with daisies.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • He was on a hillside field, spotted with daisies and clumps of tall grass.

  • But when she had gathered her apron full of daisies and buttercups, he came slowly towards her.

    Old Greek Stories James Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for daisies


noun (pl) -sies
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
Derived Forms
daisied, adjective
Word Origin
Old English dægesēge day's eye
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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.

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A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc;

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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In addition to the idiom beginning with
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