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cully

[kuhl-ee]
noun, plural cul·lies.
  1. Archaic. a dupe.
  2. Slang. fellow; companion.
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verb (used with object), cul·lied, cul·ly·ing.
  1. to trick; cheat; dupe.
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Origin of cully

First recorded in 1655–65; perhaps shortening of cullion
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Historical Examples of cully

  • Then they would all laugh knowingly, and one would say, "What's it to be, cully?"

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Shortly thereafter, Cully discovered why he still lived, breathed: a suit.

    Cully

    Jack Egan

  • Cully's mind was held, hypnotized, but his body moved of its own volition.

    Cully

    Jack Egan

  • Cully stared at the edges of the unmoving curtain before him.

    Cully

    Jack Egan

  • Cully smiled at the old man, the words churning in his brain; but he did not understand.

    Cully

    Jack Egan


British Dictionary definitions for cully

cully

noun plural -lies
  1. slang pal; mate
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Word Origin for cully

C17: of unknown origin
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