Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An aromatic herb (Anethum graveolens) native to Eurasia, having finely dissected leaves and small yellow flowers clustered in umbels.
  • n. The leaves or seeds of this plant, used as a seasoning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Anethum graveolens (the sole species of the genus Anethum), is a herb, the seeds of which are moderately warming, pungent, and aromatic, and were formerly used as a soothing medicine for children; also known as dillseed.
  • n. A cucumber pickled with dill flavoring, also called a dill pickle.
  • n. a fool.
  • v. To still; to assuage; to calm; to soothe, as one in pain.
  • v. To lull to sleep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An herb (Peucedanum graveolens), the seeds of which are moderately warming, pungent, and aromatic, and were formerly used as a soothing medicine for children; -- called also dillseed.
  • transitive v. To still; to calm; to soothe, as one in pain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An umbelliferousplant, Peucedanum (Anethum) graveolens, an erect glaucous annual, with finely divided leaves, yellow flowers, and an agreeably aromatic fruit.
  • n. The two-seeded tare.
  • To dull; blunt.
  • 2. To soothe; still; calm.
  • n. Same as dell.
  • To conceal; hide.
  • n. An obsolete dialectal form of dole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. aromatic Old World herb having aromatic threadlike foliage and seeds used as seasoning
  • n. aromatic threadlike foliage of the dill plant used as seasoning

Etymologies

Middle English dile, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Australian slang: an idiot.

    "Oh, he'd made her laugh so many times, making a dill of himself to make her happy."
    Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, p 16 of the Graywolf Press hardcover edition

    March 25, 2010