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noun, plural fil·lies.
  1. a young female horse.
  2. Informal. a girl or young woman.
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Origin of filly

1400–50; late Middle English fyly < Old Norse fyla female foal
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Related Words

offspring, filly, colt, mare, stallion, fledgling, sapling, foal, yearling, youngster, rookie, plug, pony, nag, steed, gelding, mustang, bronco, youngling

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noun plural -lies
  1. a female horse or pony under the age of four
  2. informal, rare a spirited girl or young woman
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Word Origin

C15: from Old Norse fylja; related to Old High German fulihha; see foal
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Word Origin and History for filly


c.1400, fyly, possibly from Old Norse fylja, fem. of foli "foal" (see foal (n.)). Slang sense of "young girl" is from 1610s.

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