- something or someone regarded as remarkable, unusual, etc.: a dilly of a movie.
Origin of dilly
or Dil·li, Dil·ly
- a city on NE Timor, in S Indonesia.
Examples from the Web for dilly
After showing promise, she was plucked out and sent to Bletchley to work in the research unit run by Dilly Knox.Week in Death: The Woman Who Cracked Hitler’s Codes
November 17, 2013
And again, in spite of the Joyces, Dilly felt homesick and alone.
She was no older than Dilly, but she had seemed matronly in her teens.
She included them both in a neighborly glance, and Dilly was very grateful.
Dilly looked up at him with her bright, truth-telling glance.
"Maybe," said Dilly, nodding and tying her last bundle of papers.
- slang, mainly US and Canadian a person or thing that is remarkable
- Australian and NZ slang silly
- the capital (from 2002) of independent East Timor: the former capital (until 1976) of Portuguese Timor. Pop: 50 000 (2005 est)
Word Origin and History for dilly
"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).