- any small, ornamental mat, as of embroidery or lace.
- Archaic. a small napkin, as one used during a dessert course.
Origin of doily
Examples from the Web for doyley
Historical Examples of doyley
The constable looked grave, too, when he saw the knife and the doyley.The Carroll Girls
How can a legal contract be like a doyley on the back of a chair?Dangerous Ages
The soldier, afterwards boasting that he had won this trophy, was reproved by Doyley, who had seen the action.
Whin the ould sow litters, Doyley, it's sore perplexhed we'll be fer shlapin' room.Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York
Lemuel Ely Quigg
Bloom bent leopold ear, turning a fringe of doyley down under the vase.Ulysses
- a variant spelling of doily
doyley or doyly
- a decorative mat of lace or lacelike paper, etc, laid on or under plates
Word Origin for doily
1714, short for doily-napkin (1711), from doily "thin, woolen fabric;" supposedly from Doiley, surname of a 17c.-early 18c. dry-goods dealer on London's Strand. Doily earlier meant "genteel, affordable woolens" (1670s), evidently from the same source. The surname is d'Ouilly, from one of several places called Ouilly in Normandy.