American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang One that is remarkable or extraordinary, as in size or quality: had a dilly of a fight.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abbreviation of diligence.
- n. Same as daffodil, daffodilly.
- n. A small sapotaceous tree, Mimusops Sieberi, specifically called the wild dilly, found on the Florida keys and in the West Indies. Its wood is very heavy and hard, of a dark-brown color, and susceptible of a beautiful polish.
- n. A bag woven of grasses or of fur twisted into cord; a small bag of any material.
- n. Someone or something that is remarkable or unusual.
- adj. redolent of dill (the spice)
- n. dated A kind of stagecoach.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of stagecoach.
- n. something remarkable, highly unusual, or exceptionally effective.
- Contracted from diligence. (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete dilly, delightful, shortening and alteration of delightful. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I think you mean it's a "dilly" of an article, rather than a "ditty" of an article.”
“I have no time to describe to you what this plan was except to say that it was a "dilly", but when I hear complaints that these very expensive Royal Commission reports are almost always pigeon-holed I ask myself what else could be done with the "Solution" proposed by the last Royal Commissioner to sit in judgment on Ontario's forests.”
“Any kind of dilly-dallying, that’s the government.”
“Anybody who dilly dallies on non-communicable diseases will be forced to act when the situation is out of control.”
“Stop the dilly-dallying and do something about the problem. statatheleft says:”
“Let's not dilly-dally, let's get straight on into the funny, shall we?”
“It's helped me hit the brakes in time a few times when it'd have turned out otherwise if I'd been dilly dallying along.”
“Sooner or later, we explode with it — in the form of anger toward our spouse, who comes dilly-dallying in after a day of adult interaction, interaction with people WHO WILL LISTEN.”
“You've read hints of it on the blog for months now, and I even asked for story ideas and woo hoo, I got a dilly from one of you.”
“The potatoes were followed by “dilly carrots,” and dill sour cream sauce, among other inventions.”
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