- dilly "delightful or excellent person or thing" (often used ironically), 1935, Amer.Eng., from an earlier adj. (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 Fr. carrosse de diligence (see DILIGENCE (Cf. diligence)). The noun is 1935.
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dilly — dil ly (d[i^]l l[y^]), n. [Contr. fr. diligence.] A kind of stagecoach. The Derby dilly. J. H. Frere. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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Dilly — f English: pet form of DILYS (SEE Dilys), DILWEN (SEE Dilwen), and DAFFODIL (SEE Daffodil), now sometimes used as an independent given name … First names dictionary
dilly — ☆ dilly [dil′ē ] n. pl. dillies [orig. adj., prob. altered & contr. < DEL(IGHTFUL) + Y2] Slang a surprising or remarkable person, thing, event, etc … English World dictionary
dilly — noun (plural dillies) Etymology: obsolete dilly, adjective, delightful, perhaps by shortening & alteration from delightful Date: 1935 one that is remarkable or outstanding < had a dilly of a storm > … New Collegiate Dictionary
dilly — n. something excellent. □ This little car is a real dilly. □ What a dilly of an apartment! … Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions
dilly — /dil ee/, n., pl. dillies. Informal. something or someone regarded as remarkable, unusual, etc.: a dilly of a movie. [1930 35; Amer.; earlier as adj.: wonderful, appar. a shortening of DELIGHTFUL or DELICIOUS, with Y1 (now taken as Y2)] * * * … Universalium