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gillie

or gil·ly

[gil-ee]
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noun
  1. Scot.
    1. a hunting or fishing guide.
    2. a male attendant or personal servant to a Highland chieftain.
  2. ghillie.
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Origin of gillie

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

gilly1

[gil-ee]
noun, plural gil·lies. Scot.
  1. gillie.
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gilly2

[gil-ee]
noun, plural gil·lies.
  1. a truck or wagon, especially one used to transport the equipment of a circus or carnival.
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verb (used with or without object), gil·lied, gil·ly·ing.
  1. to carry or be carried on a gilly.
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Origin of gilly2

gill (dial.) < ? + -y2

ghillie

or gil·lie

[gil-ee]
noun
  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.
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Origin of ghillie

1590–1600; see gillie; apparently a type of shoe orig. worn by Scottish hunting guides
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ghillie

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

from Scottish Gaelic gille boy

gillie

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
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Word Origin

C17: from Scottish Gaelic gille boy, servant
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