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  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


noun, plural gil·lies. Scot.
  1. gillie.


noun, plural gil·lies.
  1. a truck or wagon, especially one used to transport the equipment of a circus or carnival.
verb (used with or without object), gil·lied, gil·ly·ing.
  1. to carry or be carried on a gilly.

Origin of gilly2

gill (dial.) < ? + -y2


or gil·lie

  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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  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


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
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