Main definitions of dill in English

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dill1

(also dill weed)

noun

mass noun
  • An aromatic annual herb of the parsley family, with fine blue-green leaves and yellow flowers. The leaves or seeds are used for flavouring and for medicinal purposes.

    • ‘To attract these flies, plant some dill, parsley and sweet clover in your garden.’
    • ‘Sow cilantro, dill, fennel and parsley, or set out transplants from the nursery.’
    • ‘Other powerful herbs include dill, garden thyme, rosemary and peppermint.’
    • ‘Some easy-to-grow annual herbs that can be transplanted to your garden next spring include basil, dill, oregano, chives, coriander, and anise.’
    • ‘Rosemary, thyme and dill are also good decorative herbs to plant with cabbages.’
    • ‘Caterpillars of the Black and Anise Swallowtail make their home on and eat the leaves from the parsley family that include fennel, angelica, dill and chervil.’
    • ‘Home grown herbs would have included coriander, dill, thyme, opium poppy and summer savoury.’
    • ‘Coriander, garden cress, and dill are short-lived annuals that, when cut for harvest, do not regrow.’
    • ‘The herbs grown include basil, chives, chervil, dill, lavender, mint, moss curled and Italian parsley, oregano, sage, sweet marjoram, savory and thyme.’
    • ‘This is why it is important to have a good cross-section of indigenous plants that will host predators, such as umbellifers like fennel and dill that attract hoverfly larvae that eat aphids.’
    • ‘Choose five of the following fresh herbs: flat-leaf parsley, chives, mint, chervil, basil, dill, tarragon.’
    • ‘Herbs available throughout the year include bay leaves, mint, chives, rosemary, tarragon, chervil, oregano, thyme, sage, dill, basil, sorrel, curly parsley and flat parsley.’
    • ‘Cool-season herbs including dill, fennel, parsley, cilantro, oregano, arugula, thyme and savory also can be planted.’
    • ‘Nasturtiums, violets, clove gilliflowers, and marigolds are all cited in this context in English recipe books; the blossoms of many herbs, such as rosemary, basil, dill, and chives, can be added.’
    • ‘In cooler areas, plant dill a week or two before your last hard frost.’
    • ‘In that case, consider planting insectary plants like dill, radishes, or tansy, which attract natural predators.’
    • ‘That's the rosy definition of my yard's unruly borders, where colorful annuals and self-seeded dill, parsley, and forget-me-not tumble together.’
    • ‘I had wormwood, soapwort, dill, yarrow, tarragon, chives, rosemary, lavender, angelica, many kinds of basil and thymes.’
    • ‘You may pick a sprig of rosemary or thyme, or a few fronds of parsley or dill, but you'll pick an armload of basil.’
    • ‘This family of plants is vast and contains some of our most popular herbs such as, dill, coriander, parsley and angelica as well as some common pot herbs, for example carrot, parsnips and celery.’

Origin

Old English dile, dyle; related to Dutch dille and German Dill; of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation

dill

/dɪl/

Main definitions of dill in English

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dill2

noun

Australian, NZ
informal
  • A naive or foolish person.

    • ‘You don't recognise blatant sarcasm in a comments thread (private joke, I made a dill of myself).’
    • ‘Interestingly, he then wanted to retract that statement, obviously after his instructors realised what a real dill he was by saying it in the first place.’
    • ‘And if you've run argument 1, you can't run argument 2 without being a dill.’
    • ‘Screw up spectacularly just once and popular opinion will consign you to the cavalcade of history's bigger dills.’
    • ‘What Lismore needs is more water space, a truth ignored by the dills on the hill.’
    • ‘What you are going to do is polarise the debate, declare yourself an optimist and make the pessimists look like dills.’
    • ‘First we have journalists and politicians taking these views seriously and now we have the dills debating him!’
    • ‘If we cannot stop the dills from throwing away lit cigarettes, we could at least save the occasional fire by asking the shopkeepers to not stock magnifying glasses as toys.’
    • ‘You see he has written him a letter accusing me of being a dill.’
    • ‘I suspect that they feel like I do - that she does not deserve to be treated so harshly by the courts because she was such an incredible dill.’
    • ‘Well, you feel like a bit of a dill when you have to admit that you don't know - but no-one, in fact, really knows.’
    • ‘Although a spokesperson claims that they weren't reacting to their competitor and it was always part of their strategy, only a dill would lower the price it it didn't have to.’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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Origin

1940s: apparently a back-formation from dilly.

Pronunciation

dill

/dɪl/