- nsomething or someone very impressive, remarkable or exceptional; a 'hum-dinger'. This is probably an invented word (though some authorities derive it from a spectacular pre-World War II car, the 'Duesenburg'). The term is certainly American in origin.
Contemporary slang . 2014.
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doozy — also doozie, 1903 (adj.), 1916 (n.), perhaps an alteration of daisy, or from popular Italian actress Eleonora Duse (1859 1924). In either case, reinforced by Duesenberg, the expensive, classy make of automobile from the 1920s 30s … Etymology dictionary
doozy — [n] winner beauty, humdinger*, killer*, lulu*, smash hit, something; concepts 366,416 … New thesaurus
doozy — ☆ doozy or doozie [do͞o′zərdo͞o′zē ] n. pl. doozies [orig. var. of DAISY, later assoc. with Duesenberg (automobile) as standard of excellence] Slang anything outstanding of its kind: also doozer [do͞o′zər] … English World dictionary
doozy — UK [ˈduːzɪ] / US [ˈduzɪ] noun [countable] Word forms doozy : singular doozy plural doozies mainly American informal something that is extremely unusual or special … English dictionary
doozy — noun something that is extraordinary. Often used in the context of troublesome, difficult or problematic, but can be used positively as well. Most of the test was easy, but the last question was a doozy. Syn: lulu … Wiktionary
doozy — doo|zy [ˈdu:zi] n plural doozies AmE informal [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Perhaps from daisy, influenced by the name of the Italian actress Eleonora Duse (1859 1924)] something that is extremely good, bad, strange, big etc ▪ I ve heard lies before … Dictionary of contemporary English
doozy — noun (C) AmE informal something that is so good, bad, strange etc that you can hardly believe it: I ve heard lies before, but that one was a real doozy! … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
doozy — or doozie; also doozer noun (plural doozies or doozers) Etymology: perhaps alteration of daisy Date: 1916 an extraordinary one of its kind … New Collegiate Dictionary
doozy — /dooh zee/, n., pl. doozies, v., doozied, doozying. Informal. doozie. * * * … Universalium
doozy — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. Sl. *dilly, *humdinger, exception, *beaut, *corker, *dandy, *killer, *lollapalooza, *lulu, *ripsnorter, *something … English dictionary for students
doozy — doo|zy [ duzi ] noun count INFORMAL something that is extremely unusual or special … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English