Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday June 25, 2013
Informal. something or someone regarded as remarkable, unusual, etc.: a dilly of a movie.
Two pairs of long johns hanging from driftwood drying racks flapped in the breeze like nervous specters frantic to find their bodies. It would be a dilly of a painting.
-- Susan Vreeland, The Forest Lover, 2004
That was a dilly of a fight, folks, what did I tell you, a dilly!
-- Jack Todd, Come Again No More: A Novel, 2010
Dilly is thought to have come to English by combining the first syllable of delightful and delicious with the -y suffix meaning "full or characterized by."