Definition of doozy
: an extraordinary one of its kind a real doozy of a snowstorm
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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
Recent Examples of doozy from the Web
The final run scored in Monday’s Brewers-Orioles game was a doozy.
In the more-with-less annals of corporate mandates, this one is a doozy.
NEW YORK (AP) — As mid-career resumes go, this one’s a doozy:
Myth #4: Congress has exempted itself from the AHCA: This is a doozy and one of the most duplicitous charges coming from the AHCA’s harshest critics.
Luckily, an absolute doozy is scheduled for May 15, when Fritz Lang's 1938 social drama You and Me is presented on an exceedingly rare nitrate print.
How's this for a doozy: Derek Jeter, the Yankees manager told reporters.
Obviously, the sculptural element is missing in the movie version—but the grand finale does include one doozy of a split-screen.
In an industry that loves a venue metaphor, dragging guests hither and yon from river to warehouse through cities from New York to Milan in the search for ever more visceral architectural messaging, this one was a doozy.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of doozy
perhaps alteration of daisy
First Known Use: 1916See Words from the same year
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Definition of doozy for English Language Learners
: something that is unusually good, bad, big, severe, etc.
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