- a hunting or fishing guide.
- a male attendant or personal servant to a Highland chieftain.
Origin of gillie
First recorded in 1590–1600, gillie is from the Scots Gaelic word gille lad, servant
- a truck or wagon, especially one used to transport the equipment of a circus or carnival.
- to carry or be carried on a gilly.
Origin of gilly2
gill (dial.) < ? + -y2
- 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 gillies
From the jargon, therefore, of the Highland gillies, I pass to the character of their Chief.Waverley
Sir Walter Scott
Dr. Gillies says where the Diamante joins it, it is called the Salado.Buenos Ayres and the Provinces of the Rio de La Plata
"I won't live such a life as this," said little Gillies, in a pet.It Is Never Too Late to Mend
Myrmidons at your tents, ant-born, or only a mob on the Gillies Hill?Arrows of the Chace, v. 2
Let us back to the camp, and send our gillies for the venison.The Fair Maid of Perth
Sir Walter Scott
- a type of tongueless shoe with lacing up the instep, originally worn by the Scots
- a variant spelling of gillie
from Scottish Gaelic gille boy
ghillie or gilly
- an attendant or guide for hunting or fishing
- (formerly) a Highland chieftain's male attendant or personal servant
C17: from Scottish Gaelic gille boy, servant
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