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dill

[dil]
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.
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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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Historical Examples of dill

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

    Barrington

    Charles James Lever

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

    Barrington

    Charles James Lever

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

    Barrington

    Charles James Lever

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

    Barrington

    Charles James Lever

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

    Barrington

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for dill

dill

1
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
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Derived Formsdilly, adjective

Word Origin for dill

Old English dile; related to Old High German tilli

dill

2
noun
  1. informal, mainly Australian and NZ a fool; idiot
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Word Origin for dill

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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