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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This spring has been a doozy for the Ohio Department of Transportation after dealing with tornadoes, flooding and landslides. Sarah Brookbank,, "Ohio Department of Transportation: Memorial Day storm cleanup totals $500,000+," 24 June 2019 He’s joined in the tale by his white-trash mama, a doozy of a character — but one the audience can sympathize — a little — with, even while laughing at her. Matthew J. Palm,, "Review: Nashville Hurricane - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 The last one in December was a doozy: 1,800 points were wiped off of the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the next four sessions. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Powell Now Owns the Fed’s Balance-Sheet Problem," 30 Jan. 2019 As Wednesday painfully proved, though, the first time is a doozy. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Apple Drops Its iPhone Call," 2 Jan. 2019 Ruben Santamara of IOActive, reports Forbes, has found a doozy. Fox News, "Black Hat hacker says he accessed 'hundreds' of aircraft already in the sky," 13 Aug. 2018 The film does kick off with one doozy of a connection to the rampaging posse of The Avengers. Author: Katie Walsh, Anchorage Daily News, "Review: Playfulness makes ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ sing, not sting," 3 July 2018 The upcoming blizzard set to slam east coast starting late Friday night is predicted to be a doozy. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Need to Weather the First Big Snowstorm of 2016," 21 Jan. 2016 That last prize pool is a doozy — that’s $100,000 more than The Rock gave away while hosting in April. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Why HQ Trivia fans will pray the NBA Finals go to 7 games," 31 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of doozy

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

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