There are 2 main definitions of dill in English:

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dill1

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Pronunciation: /dɪl
 
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(also dill weed)

noun

[mass noun]
An aromatic annual herb of the parsley family, with fine blue-green leaves and yellow flowers. The leaves or seeds are used for flavouring and for medicinal purposes.
  • Anethum graveolens, family Umbelliferae
Example sentences
  • Cool-season herbs including dill, fennel, parsley, cilantro, oregano, arugula, thyme and savory also can be planted.
  • This family of plants is vast and contains some of our most popular herbs such as, dill, coriander, parsley and angelica as well as some common pot herbs, for example carrot, parsnips and celery.
  • Caterpillars of the Black and Anise Swallowtail make their home on and eat the leaves from the parsley family that include fennel, angelica, dill and chervil.

Origin

Old English dile, dyle; related to Dutch dille and German Dill; of unknown ultimate origin.

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dill2

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Pronunciation: /dɪl
 
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noun

Australian /NZ informal
A naive or foolish person.
Example sentences
  • If we cannot stop the dills from throwing away lit cigarettes, we could at least save the occasional fire by asking the shopkeepers to not stock magnifying glasses as toys.
  • First we have journalists and politicians taking these views seriously and now we have the dills debating him!
  • Screw up spectacularly just once and popular opinion will consign you to the cavalcade of history's bigger dills.

Origin

1940s: apparently a back-formation from dilly2.

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