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dilly

[dil-ee] /ˈdɪl i/
noun, plural dillies. Informal.
1.
something or someone regarded as remarkable, unusual, etc.:
a dilly of a movie.
Origin of dilly
1930-1935
1930-35; Americanism; earlier as adj.: wonderful, apparently a shortening of delightful or delicious, with -y1 (now taken as -y2)

Dili

or Dilli, Dilly

[dil-ee] /ˈdɪl i/
noun
1.
a city on NE Timor, in S Indonesia.

Dilli

or Dilly

[dil-ee] /ˈdɪl i/
noun
1.
Dili.
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Examples from the Web for dilly
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  • dilly had brought the cat and Judy never objected to being held.

    A Little Girl in Old Pittsburg Amanda M. Douglas
  • dilly got briskly up and gathered a drawer-full of papers into her apron.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Dicky's health was drunk with cheers and laughter, and dilly completed its subject's confusion by kissing him.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • "Maybe," said dilly, nodding and tying her last bundle of papers.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • dilly got up, and, still holding her papers in her apron, walked swiftly to the window.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • And again, in spite of the Joyces, dilly felt homesick and alone.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • dilly and her mother talked a great deal about the return of the husband and father.

    A Little Girl in Old Pittsburg Amanda M. Douglas
  • It seemed to dilly that she could not make haste enough to be there.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Judy went round to the back of dilly's chair and washed over both ears in a very indignant manner.

    A Little Girl in Old Pittsburg Amanda M. Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for dilly

dilly1

/ˈdɪlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) a person or thing that is remarkable
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from girl's proper name Dilly

dilly2

/ˈdɪlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
(Austral & NZ, slang) silly
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from silly

Dili

/ˈdiːliː/
noun
1.
the capital (from 2002) of independent East Timor: the former capital (until 1976) of Portuguese Timor. Pop: 50 000 (2005 est)
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Word Origin and History for dilly
n.

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dilly

dilly

noun

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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