doo·​zy | \ ˈdü-zē How to pronounce doozy (audio) \
variants: or doozie or less commonly doozer \ ˈdü-​zər How to pronounce doozer (audio) \
plural doozies or doozers

Definition of doozy

: an extraordinary one of its kind a real doozy of a snowstorm

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While it's often maintained that the word doozy derives from the "Duesenberg" in the name of the famed Duesenberg Motor Company, this is impossible on chronological grounds. Doozy was first recorded (in the form dozy) in eastern Ohio in 1916, four years before the Duesenberg Motor Company began to manufacture passenger cars; the related adjective doozy, meaning "stylish" or "splendid," is attested considerably earlier, in 1903. So where did doozy come from? Etymologists believe that it's an altered form of the word daisy, which was used especially in the late 1800s as a slang term for someone or something considered the best.

Examples of doozy in a Sentence

They say the snowstorm tonight is going to be a doozy. Watch out for that first step. It's a doozy. Some of her comments have been real doozies. a doozy of a year
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Recent Examples on the Web Even if Jansen didn’t care for it, this buck was a doozy no one had ever seen before in the ranch country northwest of Calgary. Pj Delhomme, Outdoor Life, "The Top 40 Typical and Nontypical Whitetails of All Time," 1 Jan. 2020 Well, what a doozy the season 4 premiere of Riverdale was. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Season 4 Premiere Beautifully Handled the Death of Fred Andrews," 10 Oct. 2019 Sure, this would work a lot better if Matteo Guendouzi was called Freddy, and Italian instead of French, but this was still a doozy *winks*. No, not Harry., "LOL: The Best Memes & Funnies From Around the Football World This Gameweek," 17 Sep. 2019 After a marathon day of impeachment hearings yesterday, get ready for another doozy. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Gordon Sondland to testify, Navy to review SEAL's status, and so long Bei Bei: The Morning Rundown," 20 Nov. 2019 This, the final season’s Thanksgiving episode, is a doozy. Teen Vogue, "Gossip Girl's Drama-Filled Thanksgiving Episodes, Ranked," 8 Nov. 2019 Okay, fair enough, the commentary doesn't quite do Leicester's second goal against Crystal Palace justice, but as team goals go, this one was a doozy., "6 of the Best Moments from Another Thrilling Weekend of Premier League Action," 4 Nov. 2019 This time of year is known for its endless supply of tricks and treats, but the universe just handed us a doozy of a Halloween prank. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "NASA Delivers a Jack-o-Lantern Sun Just in Time for Halloween," 28 Oct. 2019 This past Sunday's Game of Thrones was a doozy, to say the least. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Theory Suggests Bran Warned Tyrion About Dany," 15 May 2019

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First Known Use of doozy

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doozy

perhaps alteration of daisy

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19 Jan 2020

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“Doozy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of doozy

US, informal : something that is unusually good, bad, big, severe, etc.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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