- to gut or clean (fish).
- 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 gill1
- a unit of liquid measure equal to ¼ pint (118.2937 ml).
Origin of gill2
- a deep rocky cleft or wooded ravine forming the course of a stream.
- a stream; brook; rivulet.
Origin of gill3
- a girl or young woman; sweetheart.
Origin of gill4
- a faller used in the combing process, generally for only the highest-quality fibers.
- to comb (fibers) with a gill.
Origin of gill5
- a male given name.
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for gill
“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,” Gill said.
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.
Mr. 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 Gill?'
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.Nelson's Home Comforts
- 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 fishesRelated adjective: branchial
- any of the radiating leaflike spore-producing structures on the undersurface of the cap of a mushroom
- to catch (fish) or (of fish) to be caught in a gill net
- (tr) to gut (fish)
- a unit of liquid measure equal to one quarter of a pint
- Northern English dialect half a pint, esp of beer
- a narrow stream; rivulet
- a wooded ravine
- (capital when part of place name) a deep natural hole in rock; potholeGaping Gill
- archaic a girl or sweetheart
- dialect a female ferretAlso spelt: jill
- an archaic or dialect name for ground ivy
- (Arthur) Eric (Rowton). 1882–1940, British sculptor, engraver, and typographer: his sculptures include the Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral, London
Word Origin and History for gill
"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.
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 Jill.
- 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.