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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·ly

  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
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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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