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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

gilly1

[gil-ee] /ˈgɪl i/
noun, plural gillies. Scot.
1.

gilly2

[gil-ee] /ˈgɪl i/
noun, plural gillies.
1.
a truck or wagon, especially one used to transport the equipment of a circus or carnival.
verb (used with or without object), gillied, gillying.
2.
to carry or be carried on a gilly.
Origin
gill (dial.) < ? + -y2

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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  • I'll make it double, and you may have the entire disposal of both scholarships, if Miss gillies will let you.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • From the jargon, therefore, of the Highland gillies, I pass to the character of their Chief.

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
  • Surely Mr. gillies is one of the most interesting studies in the game at the present time.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • Dr. gillies says where the Diamante joins it, it is called the Salado.

  • When Wallace and gillies had surveyed the bodies of the dead half-breeds, the factor turned grimly to his chief.

    The Whelps of the Wolf George Marsh
  • "I won't live such a life as this," said little gillies, in a pet.

  • The force of gillies' argument was not lost on the unreceptive Wallace.

    The Whelps of the Wolf George Marsh
  • Myrmidons at your tents, ant-born, or only a mob on the gillies Hill?

British Dictionary definitions for gillies

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

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
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