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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.
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Origin of dilly

An Americanism first recorded in 1905–10; it was at first an adjective: “wonderful,” apparently a shortening of delicious, with -y1 (now taken as -y2)
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British Dictionary definitions for dilly (1 of 2)

dilly1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for dilly (2 of 2)

dilly2
/ (ˈdɪlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest
Australian and NZ slang silly

Word Origin for dilly

C20: perhaps from silly
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