dill

Definitions

Agriculture

Food

  • A tall, hardy annual, Anethum graveolens, from the Mediterranean and southern Russia with feathery leaves and clusters of tiny brown seeds reminiscent of aniseed and caraway. Used in bread and cakes, with fish and in pickled cucumbers.

Slang

  • noun a fool, idiot, silly person. A word which has been recorded in Australia and the USA since at least the early 1950s, and in Britain since the mid-1970s when it was popular among schoolchildren. The word may be a shortening of ‘dill pickle’ (gherkins may also be the source of wally, used to describe a fool), or of ‘dilly’.

Travel

  • noun a herb of the parsley family used as flavouring or a garnish
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