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Perhaps from daisy (the flower) or the name of Italian actress Eleonora Duse. The automobile manufacturer Duesenberg is often erroneously cited as the etymology of doozy; while seemingly sensical, the original usage of the latter predates the former by more than a decade. Doozy's origin is still unknown.



doozy (plural doozies)

  1. (US, informal) Something that is extraordinary: often troublesome, difficult or problematic, but sometimes extraordinary in a positive sense.
    Most of the test was easy, but the last question was a doozy.




doozy (not generally comparable, comparative doozier, superlative dooziest)

  1. (slang, dated) Of high quality; remarkable; excellent. [1903]
    • 1903, Alfred Leon Kleberg, Slang Fables from Afar, page 83:
      As soon as the races were billed he began to evolve Schemes — one Doozy scheme followed the other...
    • 2011, “Feeling Pinkie Keen”, in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:
      The hydra wasn't the doozy? How could it not be the doozy? What could be doozier than that?
  2. (slang, US, archaic) Sporty, ostentatious, flashy. [1911]
    • 1917, Elsie Warnock, “Terms of approbation and eulogy in American dialect speech”, in Dialect Notes, volume IV, page 21:
      Who was that doozy fellow I saw you with?
    • 1920, Jane Barrett, “English review”, in High School Life, volume 21, page 531:
      Sweetie, do let me show you the dooziest little afternoon frock that Poiret designed for me in Paris.


  • “Doozy” in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books in association with Penguin Books, 2004, →ISBN.
  • "Doozy" in J.E. Lighter, Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang volume 1, 1994.