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[key] /keɪ/
a private Korean-American banking club to which members pay contributions and from which they may take out loans, usually to start small businesses.
Origin of kye
Borrowed into English from Korean around 1985-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The kye were in the sea-pastures near, and even the dogs slept.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • Randal and Jean thought it was very likely there were "kye," or cattle, in the water.

    The Gold Of Fairnilee Andrew Lang
  • From the pastures the kye ran lowing and bellowing, in a wild stampede.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • She encourages the latter, telling her not to be pitened and kye.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Luckily for them "the kye had not come hame," and the shed was empty.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • One shilling and sixpence is a kye, now and then an eighteener.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • "This is worth a' the kye frae Achnasheen to Glen Urquhart," he cried.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • Suddenly one heifer, then another, then all the kye, began a strange lowing.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • But the kye “were rowting on the loan and the lea,” and something had to be done to augment the quickly vanishing herd.

    Border Raids and Reivers Robert Borland
  • The monks were at the hoe or the spade, and some milking the kye, and some at the fishing.

British Dictionary definitions for kye


(functioning as pl) a Scottish and Northern English variant of kine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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