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[dil] /dɪl/
a plant, Anethum graveolens, of the parsley family, having aromatic seeds and finely divided leaves, both of which are used for flavoring food.
Origin of dill
before 900; Middle English di(l)le, Old English dile; akin to German Dill, Swedish dill
Related forms
dilled, adjective Unabridged
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  • "You are certainly some years older than the lady," said dill, blandly.

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  • "You would be better in my house than this," said dill, mysteriously.

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  • "I will put it on hygienic grounds," said dill, smiling acutely.

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  • "Find out if I could be of any use, dill," whispered the Admiral, as the doctor arose.

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  • dill promised to give his most delicate attention to the point, and departed.

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British Dictionary definitions for dill


an umbelliferous aromatic Eurasian plant, Anethum graveolens, with finely dissected leaves and umbrella-shaped clusters of yellow flowers
the leaves or seedlike fruits of this plant, used for flavouring in pickles, soups, etc, and in medicine
Derived Forms
dilly, adjective
Word Origin
Old English dile; related to Old High German tilli


(informal, mainly Austral & NZ) a fool; idiot
Word Origin
C20: from dilly2
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Word Origin and History for dill

Old English dile "dill, anise," a West Germanic word of unknown origin (cf. Old Saxon dilli, Middle Dutch and Dutch dille, Swedish dill, German Dill).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; beaut, lulu: The last one is a dilly if you don't have an appointment (1935+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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