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[cheeld] /tʃild/
noun, Scot.
a young man; fellow.
Also, chiel [cheel] /tʃil/ (Show IPA).
Origin of chield
First recorded in 1525-35; variant of child Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • What wonderful odds and ends that chiel has in his head to be sure!

  • But, as to this chiel, I ken naething aboot him, but that he is a gude buttanist.

    Willy Reilly William Carleton
  • "It isna the first chiel he has shot," said young Wilton, who appeared just then.

  • The Chef busied himself with taking notes as deftly as any “chiel.”

    Caught in a Trap John C. Hutcheson
  • And yet the chiel has shown us once before that he knows what he's talking about.

    The Poison Belt Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "That'll be the chiel' puir Nash fired at wi' Ben's gun," said Carruthers.

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell
  • There's a chiel wi' a lang head on his shouthers, if ever there was ane yet!

    Man and Wife Wilkie Collins
  • Relatives are always a trifle uneasy in the presence of the chiel amang us takin notes.

    The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland
  • But we are happy to find that the right sort o' "chiel has been amang them, takin' notes."

  • At christenings folk will even smuggle in a reel or two, if 'tis no further on than the first or second chiel.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for chiel


(Scot) a young man; lad
Word Origin
C14: a Scot variant of child
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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