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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪli
 
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noun (plural dillies)

[usually in singular] North American informal
An excellent example of a particular type of person or thing: that’s a dilly of a breakfast recipe
More example sentences
  • The nameless viewpoint racer is making 'one last run', and it's a dilly.
  • At only $14.95 it's a dilly of a deal for this long sold-out series, previously available only in hardcover (if you could find it).
  • This is their first effort to publish a shotshell reloading manual, and it's a dilly.

Origin

late 19th century (as an adjective in the sense 'delightful'): alteration of the first syllable of delightful or delicious.

Words that rhyme with dilly

Billie, billy, Chile, chilli (US chili), chilly, Dili, filly, frilly, ghillie, gillie, Gilly, hilly, Lillee, lily, Lyly, papillae, Philly, Piccadilly, piccalilli, silly, skilly, stilly, Tilly, willy, willy-nilly

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dilly2

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪli
 
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adjective (dillier, dilliest)

Australian /NZ informal , dated
Odd; foolish.
Example sentences
  • She'll get it dirty, get it trodden on, silly, dilly girl.
  • ‘This is a double dilly sale,’ the youth desperately screams, then cocks his head in amazement of the sentence he just uttered.

Origin

late 19th century: perhaps a blend of daft and silly.

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