doozy

noun
doo·​zy | \ ˈdü-zē How to pronounce doozy (audio) \
variants: or doozie or less commonly doozer \ ˈdü-​zər How to pronounce doozy (audio) \
plural doozies also 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
Recent Examples on the Web The doozy was needing new tires at around 28,000 miles. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 2 May 2022 If adversity builds strength, then this Suns-Mavericks playoff matchup could be a doozy. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 2 May 2022 Marisa Eisenberg, an associate professor in the University of Michigan's departments of epidemiology and complex systems, predicts the state is in for a doozy of a flu season. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 17 Oct. 2021 There also were plenty of clear-as-mud exchanges, like this doozy between commission Vice President Eileen Decker and Assistant Inspector General Django Sibley. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Former President Donald Trump did a doozy of numbers on younger voters’ views of the Republican Party. Philip Elliott, Time, 25 Jan. 2022 Each, however, harbors a doozy of a secret, one of them bloodcurdling. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Whisked off to a remote monastery, the Hazans contend with volatile captors, a mind-bending new product line and a doozy of a family secret. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 8 Oct. 2021 Mark your calendars, Detroit Lions fans, because Feb. 13 is going to be a doozy. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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7 May 2022

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“Doozy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doozy. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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