or gil·lie

[ gil-ee ]
/ ˈgɪl i /


a low-cut, tongueless shoe with loops instead of eyelets for the laces, which cross the instep and are sometimes tied around the ankle.

Origin of ghillie

1590–1600; see gillie; apparently a type of shoe orig. worn by Scottish hunting guides Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ghillie


/ (ˈɡɪlɪ) /


a type of tongueless shoe with lacing up the instep, originally worn by the Scots
a variant spelling of gillie

Word Origin for ghillie

from Scottish Gaelic gille boy
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