- a young female horse.
- Informal. a girl or young woman.
Origin of filly
Related Words for fillyoffspring, filly, colt, mare, stallion, fledgling, sapling, foal, yearling, youngster, rookie, plug, pony, nag, steed, gelding, mustang, bronco, youngling
Examples from the Web for filly
Contemporary Examples of filly
But on May 30, Jackson announced he would not enter his filly, claiming she “deserves a well-earned vacation.”Can These Two Horses Save Racing?
June 4, 2009
Historical Examples of filly
So, calling to his wife, the two of them together, tried their skill to catch the filly.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
She kept striking her side—she fancied it was a help to the filly.
How long he stayed there, the filly nuzzling him like a mother, he did not know.
Where his fellow man had withheld, the filly had given her all and questioned not.
The handlers fell back in silence as Garrison approached the filly.
- a female horse or pony under the age of four
- informal, rare a spirited girl or young woman
Word Origin 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.