Main definitions of dilly in English

: dilly1dilly2

dilly1

noun

North American
informal
  • [usually in singular] An excellent example of a particular type of person or thing:

    ‘that's a dilly of a breakfast recipe’
    • ‘If the case holds us upon real scrutiny, it's going to be a dilly.’
    • ‘The nameless viewpoint racer is making 'one last run', and it's a dilly.’
    • ‘This is their first effort to publish a shotshell reloading manual, and it's a dilly.’
    • ‘At only $14.95 it's a dilly of a deal for this long sold-out series, previously available only in hardcover (if you could find it).’

Origin

Late 19th century (as an adjective in the sense ‘delightful’): alteration of the first syllable of delightful or delicious.

Pronunciation:

dilly

/ˈdɪli/

Main definitions of dilly in English

: dilly1dilly2

dilly2

adjective

Australian, NZ
informal, dated
  • Odd; foolish.

    • ‘‘This is a double dilly sale,’ the youth desperately screams, then cocks his head in amazement of the sentence he just uttered.’
    • ‘She'll get it dirty, get it trodden on, silly, dilly girl.’
    eccentric, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd, quirky, avant-garde, unconventional, off-centre, strange, outlandish, ridiculous, ludicrous
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Origin

Late 19th century: perhaps a blend of daft and silly.

Pronunciation:

dilly

/ˈdɪli/