dai·​li·​ness ˈdā-lē-nəs How to pronounce dailiness (audio)
: daily or routine quality : ordinariness
the dailiness of family life

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But that dailiness is heightened, sometimes even exalted, as Smith imbues it with a sense of drama and mystery. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 4 May 2023 This is the ugly dailiness of the world. Lauren Markham, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 To be among the dailiness of us. Devin Kelly, Longreads, 23 July 2021 Tales of dailiness and its intimacies, their cluttered lives, their tiny news and parochial views were never to be the object of their coming together. Cynthia Ozick, The New Yorker, 14 June 2021 The dailiness of life is emphasized, and the intimate voice—a diarist’s voice—feels more like that of someone talking to herself than to you. Sigrid Nunez, The New York Review of Books, 11 May 2021 That is, their pictures are not markedly narrative or dramatic, but instead are records of dailiness—the prosaic goings-on of ordinary people—or unspectacular landscapes. William Meyers, WSJ, 24 Feb. 2021 The two performances are enjoyable in contrasting ways, one solidly grounded in the dailiness of domesticity and the other charmingly blithe, as only Mr. Murray can be. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2020 Even the most exhausting and mundane rituals of New York City living have become gilded with nostalgia, now that dailiness itself has been so utterly flattened by the pandemic. Zack Hatfield, The New York Review of Books, 1 May 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dailiness was in 1596

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“Dailiness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dailiness. Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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