- a fictitious American male, created by American troops who left the inscription “Kilroy was here” on walls, property, etc., all over the world in the years during and after World War II.
Examples from the Web for kilroy
Harold and Kilroy, a giant, raucous man who now works as an "executive casino host," go back a long way.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
It is not the present, however, that Kilroy presents, but the future.Tiger, Tiger: The Hunt for the Great Irish Novel
February 28, 2014
“I know more about nostalgia than anyone my age should,” Kilroy Dondi Vance says.This Week’s Hot Reads: Jan. 7, 2013
January 7, 2013
Lady Fulda Guthrie, an aunt of Mrs. Kilroy's, was the only other guest.
"Really I do not think I ought to let you be bored by that man," Mr. Kilroy exclaimed.
"I consider it a slight on Mr. and Mrs. Kilroy's part," he pursued huffily.
Mr. Kilroy saw to the stables, which he completed with a saddle-horse and a pony-carriage.
Mrs. Kilroy and Mrs. Orton Beg have just come in; I will go and join them.
Word Origin and History for kilroy
U.S. military graffito character, 1945, said to be either Sgt. Francis J. Kilroy Jr., U.S. Army Air Transport, whose friend or friends began writing his name everywhere as a prank; or war materiéls inspector James J. Kilroy of Quincy, Mass., who wrote "Kilroy was here" on everything he checked.