doozy

noun

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

Etymology

perhaps alteration of daisy

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of doozy was in 1916

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“Doozy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doozy. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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