Definition of doozy
: an extraordinary one of its kind <a real doozy of a snowstorm>
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
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: 1916
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Definition of doozy for English Language Learners
: something that is unusually good, bad, big, severe, etc.
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