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burley1

[bur-lee] /ˈbɜr li/
noun, plural burleys. (often initial capital letter)
1.
an American tobacco with thin leaves and light color, grown especially in Kentucky and nearby regions, used mostly in cigarettes.
Origin of burley1
1880-1885
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85; apparently from proper name

burley2

[bur-lee] /ˈbɜr li/
noun, plural burleys. Informal.
1.
a burlesque show.
Origin

Burley

[bur-lee] /ˈbɜr li/
noun
1.
a male given name.
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  • You will be glad to hear, Mr. burley, that his lordship—ahem!

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • And what good can the trunk do Mr. burley unless he can open it?

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • The search was growing doubtful, and I felt sorry for Mr. burley.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • 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 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "There is an arbour in the garden, under a weeping-ash," returned burley.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Mr. burley had a glass of brandy-and-water in his hand; it was his third.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He accompanied Mr. burley to that gentleman's lodging in Maida Hill.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He listened with a livelier attention than before to burley's talk.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for burley

burley1

/ˈbɜːlɪ/
noun, verb
1.
a variant spelling of berley

burley2

/ˈbɜːlɪ/
noun
1.
a light thin-leaved tobacco, grown esp in Kentucky
Word Origin
C19: probably from the name Burley
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