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dilly

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noun, dil·ly \ˈdi-lē\

Definition of dilly

plural dillies

  1. :  one that is remarkable or outstanding <had a dilly of a storm> <for a practical joke, that was a dilly>



Examples of dilly in a sentence

  1. <came up with a dilly of an idea to get the fledgling company off the ground>



Origin of dilly

obsolete dilly, adjective, delightful, perhaps by shortening & alteration from delightful


First Known Use: 1935

Rhymes with dilly


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