dil·​ly | \ ˈdi-lē How to pronounce dilly (audio) \
plural dillies

Definition of dilly

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

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Examples of dilly in a Sentence

came up with a dilly of an idea to get the fledgling company off the ground
Recent Examples on the Web Pick-a-dilly Craft Fair St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd. Houston Chronicle, 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dilly

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dilly

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

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“Dilly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dilly. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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