EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS noun the respiratory organ of aquatic animals, as fish, that breathe oxygen dissolved in water. Also called lamella. one of the radiating vertical plates on the underside of the cap of an agaric mushroom. Idioms to catch (fish) by the gills in a gill net. , green/ white around the gills somewhat pale, as from being sickly, nervous, or frightened: When he heard how much the bill was, he looked a little green around the gills. to the gills, . Informal fully; completely; totally: After that big meal we were all stuffed to the gills. Origin of gill 1 1300–50; Middle English gile < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse gjǫlnar < *gelnō; cognate with Swed gäl, Danish gælle, Norwegian gjelle gill Related forms gill-less, adjective gill-like, adjective noun a unit of liquid measure equal to ¼ pint (118.2937 ml). Origin of gill 2 1225–75; Middle English gille < Old French: vat, tub < Late Latin gello, gillo water pot noun . British a deep rocky cleft or wooded ravine forming the course of a stream. a stream; brook; rivulet. Origin of gill 3 1350–1400; Middle English gille < Old Norse gil noun a girl or young woman; sweetheart. Origin of gill 4 1400–50; late Middle English gil(le
) generic use of
), short form of
Gillian noun a faller used in the combing process, generally for only the highest-quality fibers. verb (used with object) to comb (fibers) with a gill. Origin of gill 5
First recorded in
perhaps special use of
gill 1 noun a male given name. a female given name.
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“She was hot-headed, had her own way of doing things,”
Gill said—and so, he left to form a separate militia group.
“I feel sorry for what she did to Russ and his daughter,”
A week later
Gill, 32, was taking a break in the Lake District, a picturesque sweep of mountains outside Manchester.
Forget Los Angeles,
Gill and Li currently have no plans to move to London where rent is so much more expensive than in Manchester.
Getting to the ceremony proved another huge challenge for
Gill. Historical Examples of gill
Gill had the house for eight years, and was the last landlord.
Was it the backwater of my disgrace, I wonder, that has overwhelmed poor
The injury was too grave:
Gill's life, as the doctor's certificate will prove, was in danger.
Had she really leased the Barn to this man
Gill: and if so, for what term?
Boil half-a-pound of lump sugar in a
gill of water until melted. British Dictionary definitions for gill noun the respiratory organ in many aquatic animals, consisting of a membrane or outgrowth well supplied with blood vessels. External gills occur in tadpoles, some molluscs, etc; internal gills, within gill slits, occur in most fishes Related adjective: branchial any of the radiating leaflike spore-producing structures on the undersurface of the cap of a mushroom verb to catch (fish) or (of fish) to be caught in a gill net (tr) to gut (fish) Derived Forms gilled, adjective gill-less, adjective gill-like, adjective Word Origin for gill
C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish
gäl, Danish gjælle, Greek khelunē lip noun a unit of liquid measure equal to one quarter of a pint Northern English dialect half a pint, esp of beer Word Origin for gill
C14: from Old French
gille vat, tub, from Late Latin gillō cooling vessel for liquids, of obscure origin noun dialect a narrow stream; rivulet a wooded ravine (capital when part of place name) a deep natural hole in rock; pothole Gaping Gill Word Origin for gill
C11: from Old Norse
gil steep-sided valley noun archaic a girl or sweetheart dialect a female ferret Also spelt: jill Word Origin for gill
C15: special use of
Gill, short for Gillian, girl's name noun ( Arthur) Eric ( Rowton). 1882–1940, British sculptor, engraver, and typographer: his sculptures include the Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral, London
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Word Origin and History for gill n.1
"organ of breathing in fishes," early 14c., of unknown origin, perhaps from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse
giolnar which perhaps means "gills;" Old Danish -gæln (in fiske-gæln "fish gill"). Related: Gills. n.2
liquid measure (commonly a half-pint), late 13c., from Old French
gille, a wine measure, and directly from Medieval Latin gillo "earthenware jar," of uncertain origin.
fem. proper name, see
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The organ that enables most aquatic animals to take dissolved oxygen from the water. It consists of a series of membranes that have many small blood vessels. Oxygen passes into the bloodstream and carbon dioxide passes out of it as water flows across the membranes. One of the thin strips of tissue on the underside of the cap of many species of basidiomycete fungi. Gills produce the spore-bearing structures known as basidia.
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