noun Scot.

a young man; fellow.

Also chiel [cheel] /tʃil/.

Origin of chield

First recorded in 1525–35; variant of child Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chiel

Historical Examples of chiel

  • What wonderful odds and ends that chiel has in his head to be sure!

  • But, as to this chiel, I ken naething aboot him, but that he is a gude buttanist.

    Willy Reilly

    William Carleton

  • "It isna the first chiel he has shot," said young Wilton, who appeared just then.

  • The Chef busied himself with taking notes as deftly as any “chiel.”

    Caught in a Trap

    John C. Hutcheson

  • And yet the chiel has shown us once before that he knows what he's talking about.

    The Poison Belt

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for chiel



Scot a young man; lad

Word Origin for chiel

C14: a Scot variant of child
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