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
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Recent Examples on the Web If the opener is any indication, the Oregon State Beavers’ three-game non-conference baseball series against UC Irvine is going to be a doozy. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Oregon State baseball stuns UC Irvine with come-from-behind win in 11th inning," 23 Apr. 2021 If a baseball season mimics a rollercoaster, the A’s opening loop has been a doozy. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "Frankie Montas shines as A's win sixth in a row," 16 Apr. 2021 But both vaccines require two shots, and for some recipients, that second shot can be a doozy. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "That second shot of COVID-19 vaccine can cause a headache and then some, but it works," 6 Apr. 2021 The antitrust case of Epic Games v Apple is shaping up to be quite a doozy. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "A year in, bosses are out of touch with the average worker’s pandemic experience," 22 Mar. 2021 Oil prices have fallen for five straight days now, and Thursday’s drop was a doozy. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, "Witching Day On Wall Street: Stable Start After Thursday Selloff As Treasury Yields Ease," 19 Mar. 2021 The second-half schedule is a doozy for the Portland Trail Blazers, as many noted upon its release Wednesday. oregonlive, "Second-half schedule tough, but Portland Trail Blazers have depth to hold up -- in theory," 26 Feb. 2021 That has made ranking teams and seeding conference tournaments in 2021 a bit of a doozy. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "A College Basketball Season in Which One in 10 Games Vanished," 5 Mar. 2021 But by one important yardstick – the number of people who lost power, and potentially the duration of those outages – this weekend’s storm appears to be an unprecedented doozy. oregonlive, "Power out for an unprecedented 300k Oregonians after weekend storm. Still unclear when full power will return.," 16 Feb. 2021

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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 2021

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“Doozy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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