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[kuhl-ee] /ˈkʌl i/
noun, plural cullies.
Archaic. a dupe.
Slang. fellow; companion.
verb (used with object), cullied, cullying.
to trick; cheat; dupe.
Origin of cully
First recorded in 1655-65; perhaps shortening of cullion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then they would all laugh knowingly, and one would say, "What's it to be, cully?"

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Shortly thereafter, cully discovered why he still lived, breathed: a suit.

    Cully Jack Egan
  • cully stared at the edges of the unmoving curtain before him.

    Cully Jack Egan
  • cully's mind was held, hypnotized, but his body moved of its own volition.

    Cully Jack Egan
  • cully smiled at the old man, the words churning in his brain; but he did not understand.

    Cully Jack Egan
  • So clear, that the craft of cully and Wilder is not called into requisition.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • Could she but have dissembled well, I had been still her cully.

  • We've only got three so far: there's myself and cully and Johnson.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • Turn that snatch-block, cully, and tighten up the watch-tackle.

    Tom Grogan F. Hopkinson Smith
  • The mite was peering through the crack and calling to cully at the horse-trough.

    Tom Grogan F. Hopkinson Smith
British Dictionary definitions for cully


noun (pl) -lies
(slang) pal; mate
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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