- an American tobacco with thin leaves and light color, grown especially in Kentucky and nearby regions, used mostly in cigarettes.
Origin of burley1
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; apparently from proper name
- a burlesque show.
Origin of burley2
- a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for burley
She planned to use her work lunch break to see her doctor in Burley, about nine-and-a-half miles away.Idaho Woman Who Gave Birth on Highway: ‘I Had to Pull My Pants Down to Get the Baby Out’
July 10, 2014
You will be glad to hear, Mr. Burley, that his lordship—ahem!
And what good can the trunk do Mr. Burley unless he can open it?
The search was growing doubtful, and I felt sorry for Mr. Burley.
Burley, he'll never fergive me s'long 's I live ef I get et up.The Man of the Desert
Grace Livingston Hill
Such stamping and hallooing, and such hurrahs for "Burley John."My Novel, Complete
- a variant spelling of berley
- a light thin-leaved tobacco, grown esp in Kentucky
C19: probably from the name Burley
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