Main definitions of dilly in English

: dilly1dilly2

dilly1

noundillies

informalNorth American usually in singular
  • An excellent example of a particular type of person or thing.

    ‘that's a dilly of a breakfast recipe’
    • ‘The nameless viewpoint racer is making 'one last run', and it's a dilly.’
    • ‘At only $14.95 it's a dilly of a deal for this long sold-out series, previously available only in hardcover (if you could find it).’
    • ‘This is their first effort to publish a shotshell reloading manual, and it's a dilly.’
    • ‘If the case holds us upon real scrutiny, it's going to be a dilly.’

Origin

Late 19th century (as an adjective in the sense ‘delightful’): alteration of the first syllable of delightful or delicious.

Pronunciation

dilly

/ˈdɪli/

Main definitions of dilly in English

: dilly1dilly2

dilly2

adjectivedillier, dilliest

informal, datedAustralian, New Zealand
  • Odd; foolish.

    • ‘She'll get it dirty, get it trodden on, silly, dilly girl.’
    • ‘The strange and cute illustrations compliment the poems in a silly dilly way as well.’
    • ‘there were only about 10 people inside the concert hall which was really a dilly sight.’
    eccentric, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd, quirky, avant-garde, unconventional, off-centre, strange, outlandish, ridiculous, ludicrous

Origin

Late 19th century perhaps a blend of daft and silly.

Pronunciation

dilly

/ˈdɪli/