noun, plural doy·leys.
Definition for doyley (2 of 2)
noun, plural doi·lies.
Origin of doily
Examples from the Web for doyley
The soldier, afterwards boasting that he had won this trophy, was reproved by Doyley, who had seen the action.
The constable looked grave, too, when he saw the knife and the doyley.The Carroll Girls|Mabel Quiller-Couch
How can a legal contract be like a doyley on the back of a chair?Dangerous Ages|Rose Macaulay
Bloom bent leopold ear, turning a fringe of doyley down under the vase.Ulysses|James Joyce
Col. Beeston seems to have harboured a peculiar spite against Doyley.The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century|Clarence Henry Haring
British Dictionary definitions for doyley (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for doyley (2 of 2)
doyley or doyly
noun plural -lies or -leys
Word Origin for doily
Word Origin and History for doyley
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.