dilly

[ dil-ee ]
/ ˈdɪl i /
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noun, plural dil·lies. Informal.

something or someone regarded as remarkable, unusual, etc.: a dilly of a movie.

Nearby words

  1. dillon,
  2. dillon, clarence douglas,
  3. dillon, john,
  4. dillon, john forrest,
  5. dillweed,
  6. dilly bag,
  7. dilly-dally,
  8. dillydally,
  9. diltiazem,
  10. diltiazem hydrochloride

Origin of dilly

1930–35; Americanism; earlier as adj.: wonderful, apparently a shortening of delightful or delicious, with -y1 (now taken as -y2)

Dili

or Dil·li, Dil·ly

[ dil-ee ]
/ ˈdɪl i /

noun

a city on NE Timor, in S Indonesia.

Dilli

or Dil·ly

[ dil-ee ]
/ ˈdɪl i /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dilly

dilly

1
/ (ˈdɪlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

slang, mainly US and Canadian a person or thing that is remarkable

Word Origin for dilly

C20: perhaps from girl's proper name Dilly

adjective -lier or -liest

Australian and NZ slang silly

Word Origin for dilly

C20: perhaps from silly

Dili

Dilli

/ (ˈdiːliː) /

noun

the capital (from 2002) of independent East Timor: the former capital (until 1976) of Portuguese Timor. Pop: 50 000 (2005 est)
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Word Origin and History for dilly

dilly

n.

"delightful or excellent person or thing" (often used ironically), 1935, American English, from an earlier adjective (1909), perhaps from the first syllable of delightful or delicious, or related to the nursery word for "duck." Dilly was also slang for a stagecoach (1818), from French carrosse de diligence (see diligence).

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