or gil·ly


Origin of gillie

First recorded in 1590–1600, gillie is from the Scots Gaelic word gille lad, servant


noun, plural gil·lies. Scot.
  1. gillie.


noun, plural gil·lies.
  1. a truck or wagon, especially one used to transport the equipment of a circus or carnival.
verb (used with or without object), gil·lied, gil·ly·ing.
  1. to carry or be carried on a gilly.

Origin of gilly

gill (dial.) < ? + -y2


or gil·lie

  1. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for gillies

Contemporary Examples of gillies

  • Gillies is a born-memoirist, both candid and hilarious, and her heartbreak and struggle for love is our gain.

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    August 7, 2011

  • “I just want to do what I love and if fame comes along with that so be it,” Gillies said.

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    April 21, 2010

Historical Examples of gillies

British Dictionary definitions for gillies


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

Word Origin for ghillie

from Scottish Gaelic gille boy


ghillie or gilly

noun plural -lies Scot
  1. an attendant or guide for hunting or fishing
  2. (formerly) a Highland chieftain's male attendant or personal servant

Word Origin for gillie

C17: from Scottish Gaelic gille boy, servant
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