dil·​ly ˈdi-lē How to pronounce dilly (audio)
plural dillies
: one that is remarkable or outstanding
had a dilly of a storm
for a practical joke, that was a dilly

Example Sentences

came up with a dilly of an idea to get the fledgling company off the ground
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dilly was in 1935

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Cite this Entry

“Dilly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dilly. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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