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

  • n. Slang One that is remarkable or extraordinary, as in size or quality: had a dilly of a fight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. redolent of dill (the spice)
  • n. Someone or something that is remarkable or unusual.
  • n. A kind of stagecoach.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of stagecoach.
  • n. something remarkable, highly unusual, or exceptionally effective.

from The 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.


Obsolete dilly, delightful, shortening and alteration of delightful.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
dill +‎ -y (Wiktionary)
Contracted from diligence. (Wiktionary)



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