Definition of doozy
- a real doozy of a snowstorm
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'doozy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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.
First Known Use: 1916See Words from the same year
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for doozy
What made you want to look up doozy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
Confusing Words—A Quiz