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[doo-lee] /ˈdu li/
noun, Slang.
a first-year cadet in the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Origin of doolie1
origin uncertain


or doolie, dhooly

[doo-lee] /ˈdu li/
noun, plural doolies.
(in India) a simple litter, often used to transport sick or wounded persons.
First recorded in 1615-25, dooly is from the Hindi word ḍōlī litter


[doo-lee] /ˈdu li/
1. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for doolies
Historical Examples
  • I heard the doolies dumped on the ground, and the shutter in front of my door shook.

  • A continuous stream of doolies and stretchers commenced to flow from the fighting line.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • The more serious cases are carried in doolies or litters, protected from the sun by white curtains, and borne by four natives.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • At the head of the column of doolies and stretchers were the bodies of the killed, each tied with cords upon a mule.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • Long before the last volleys were fired, the doolies were out in force looking for the wounded.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
  • Why, on the march I have known him, when all the doolies were full, give up his own horse to a man who had fallen out.

    The Lost Heir G. A. Henty
  • A group of officers remained under the shade of a tree near until the surgeon who had ridden in with the doolies came out.

    The Lost Heir G. A. Henty
  • Several doolies were captured by the enemy, and the band instruments of the 2nd Europeans are missing.

  • Brigadier Pope was mortally wounded (since dead), and the cavalry were only brought up by the doolies at the general hospital.

  • As the native bearers had fled these doolies were, in many cases, being carried by the native officers.

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A first-year cadet

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big doolie

[1950s+ Air Force Academy; origin uncertain; perhaps fr Greek doulos, ''slave,'' which is the source of the early 1800s British schoolboy term doul, ''fag, senior boy's personal menial among the junior boys''; perhaps fr the West Point term ducrot, ''inferior or despised cadet'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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