doozy

noun doo·zy \ ˈdü-zē \
variants: or doozie or less commonly doozer play \-zər\
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of doozy

plural doozies or doozers
:an extraordinary one of its kind
  • a real doozy of a snowstorm

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Examples of doozy in a Sentence

  1. They say the snowstorm tonight is going to be a doozy.

  2. Watch out for that first step. It's a doozy.

  3. Some of her comments have been real doozies.

  4. a doozy of a year

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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


DOOZY Defined for English Language Learners

doozy

noun

Definition of doozy for English Language Learners

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


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