noun, plural dai·sies.
- daisy bush,
- daisy chain,
- daisy cutter,
- daisy fleabane,
- daisy ham
Origin of daisy
Examples from the Web for daisies
No Emmas, no Ishmaels, no Pips, no Daisies (Miller or Buchanan).
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|DAILY BEAST
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|David Frum|February 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Daisies are painted in clusters on the title-page, and the queen's initial (M) is surrounded by the garter and its motto.Agnes Strickland's Queens of England, Vol. I. (of III)|Rosalie Kaufman
She gave him a peck on the cheek and snatched away the daisies.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town|Cory Doctorow
So you walk on striking idly with your stick at the daisies and buttercups that border your path.
Adjoining the city lay pleasant meadows, which were bright in spring-time with daisies and violets.Shakespeare and the Modern Stage|Sir Sidney Lee
And other daisies grew in the grass-plot outside, and the butterflies told tales to them as of old.Little Folks|Various
noun plural -sies
Word Origin for daisy
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with daisy
- daisy chain
- fresh as a daisy
- push up daisies