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gillie

or gil·ly

[gil-ee]
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noun
  1. Scot.
    1. a hunting or fishing guide.
    2. a male attendant or personal servant to a Highland chieftain.
  2. ghillie.

Origin of gillie

First recorded in 1590–1600, gillie is from the Scots Gaelic word gille lad, servant

ghillie

or gil·lie

[gil-ee]
noun
  1. a low-cut, tongueless shoe with loops instead of eyelets for the laces, which cross the instep and are sometimes tied around the ankle.

Origin of ghillie

1590–1600; see gillie; apparently a type of shoe orig. worn by Scottish hunting guides
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Examples from the Web for gillie

Historical Examples

  • There have been anglers who, when the salmon was once on, handed him over to the gillie to play and land.

    Angling Sketches

    Andrew Lang

  • The gem referred to was no other than our friend Gillie White.

    Rivers of Ice

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Gillie propounded this question with the air of a philosopher.

    Rivers of Ice

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Captain Wopper laughed aloud at the question, and Gillie grinned.

    Rivers of Ice

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Gillie nodded, with his lips tightly compressed to check utterance.

    Rivers of Ice

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for gillie

gillie

ghillie or gilly

noun plural -lies Scot
  1. an attendant or guide for hunting or fishing
  2. (formerly) a Highland chieftain's male attendant or personal servant

Word Origin

C17: from Scottish Gaelic gille boy, servant

ghillie

noun
  1. a type of tongueless shoe with lacing up the instep, originally worn by the Scots
  2. a variant spelling of gillie

Word Origin

from Scottish Gaelic gille boy
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