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[dil-ee] /ˈdɪl i/
noun, plural dillies. Informal.
something or someone regarded as remarkable, unusual, etc.:
a dilly of a movie.
Origin of dilly
1930-35; Americanism; earlier as adj.: wonderful, apparently a shortening of delightful or delicious, with -y1 (now taken as -y2) Unabridged
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noun (pl) -lies
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) a person or thing that is remarkable
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from girl's proper name Dilly


adjective -lier, -liest
(Austral & NZ, slang) silly
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from silly
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Word Origin and History for dilly

"delightful or excellent person or thing" (often used ironically), 1935, American English, from an earlier adjective (1909), perhaps from the first syllable of delightful or delicious, or related to the nursery word for "duck." Dilly was also slang for a stagecoach (1818), from French carrosse de diligence (see diligence).

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A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; beaut, lulu: The last one is a dilly if you don't have an appointment (1935+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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