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dill

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noun
  1. a plant, Anethum graveolens, of the parsley family, having aromatic seeds and finely divided leaves, both of which are used for flavoring food.
  2. dillweed.
  3. dill pickle.

Origin of dill

before 900; Middle English di(l)le, Old English dile; akin to German Dill, Swedish dill
Related formsdilled, adjective
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  • "I will put it on hygienic grounds," said Dill, smiling acutely.

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    Charles James Lever

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

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    Charles James Lever

  • "You are certainly some years older than the lady," said Dill, blandly.

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    Charles James Lever

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

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    Charles James Lever

  • He's one of those fellows I am always delighted to meet Where are you going, Dill?

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British Dictionary definitions for dill

dill1

noun
  1. an umbelliferous aromatic Eurasian plant, Anethum graveolens, with finely dissected leaves and umbrella-shaped clusters of yellow flowers
  2. the leaves or seedlike fruits of this plant, used for flavouring in pickles, soups, etc, and in medicine
Derived Formsdilly, adjective

Word Origin

Old English dile; related to Old High German tilli

dill2

noun
  1. informal, mainly Australian and NZ a fool; idiot

Word Origin

C20: from dilly 2
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Word Origin and History for dill

n.

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).

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