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doozie

[doo-zee] /ˈdu zi/
noun
1.
Also, doozer
[doo-zer] /ˈdu zər/ (Show IPA)
. something that is extraordinary or outstanding of its kind:
The storm was a doozie, with winds of fifty miles an hour.
Verb phrases, past and past participle doozied, present participle dooziing.
2.
doozie up, to make more attractive or appealing, as by adding features or ornaments, cleaning or repairing, or clothing brightly:
You'll have to doozie up the house before you can sell it.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30, Americanism; of uncertain origin; sometimes associated with the Duesenburg, a luxury auto, though the variant dozy precedes the appearance of the car in 1920

doozy

[doo-zee] /ˈdu zi/
noun, plural doozies, verb, doozied, doozying.
1.
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British Dictionary definitions for doozies

doozy

/ˈduːzɪ/
noun (pl) -zies
1.
(slang) something excellent: the plot's a doozy
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Word Origin and History for doozies

doozy

also doozie, 1903 (adj.), 1916 (n.), perhaps an alteration of daisy, or from popular Italian actress Eleonora Duse (1859-1924). In either case, reinforced by Duesenberg, the expensive, classy make of automobile from the 1920s-30s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for doozies

doozie

noun

A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; beaut, humdinger: a little 30-page doozey called ''Making Chicken Soup''/ Want a swell Naval Air Station? I got two doozies up for grabs

[1916+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr a humorous repronunciation of daisy; certainly reinforced by dusy, duesie, and other shortenings of Duesenberg, the name of a very expensive and desirable car of the 1920s and '30s]


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