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gillie

or gilly

[gil-ee] /ˈgɪl i/
noun
1.
Scot.
  1. a hunting or fishing guide.
  2. a male attendant or personal servant to a Highland chieftain.
2.
Origin of gillie
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600, gillie is from the Scots Gaelic word gille lad, servant

ghillie

or gillie

[gil-ee] /ˈgɪl i/
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
1590-1600; see gillie; apparently a type of shoe orig. worn by Scottish hunting guides
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  • 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
  • gillie nodded, with his lips tightly compressed to check utterance.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • The gem referred to was no other than our friend gillie White.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • As for the Captain, gillie, and Lawrence, they had quite enough to do to look after themselves.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • Captain Wopper laughed aloud at the question, and gillie grinned.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • gillie propounded this question with the air of a philosopher.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • Treat him as you would any other visitor, but you are not his gillie.

    Three Boys George Manville Fenn
  • "You're kind, but you're rather depressing, gillie," said Val.

    The Limit Ada Leverson
  • That's all right, gillie; but what I want to know is, where you're really going.

    The Limit Ada Leverson
  • But a little before it come there, it crosseth with the gillie.

British Dictionary definitions for gillie

gillie

/ˈɡɪlɪ/
noun (Scot) (pl) -lies
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

/ˈɡɪlɪ/
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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