or gil·ly



  1. a hunting or fishing guide.
  2. a male attendant or personal servant to a Highland chieftain.

Origin of gillie

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



noun, plural gil·lies. Scot.



noun, plural gil·lies.

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.

to carry or be carried on a gilly.

Origin of gilly

gill (dial.) < ? + -y2


or gil·lie



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

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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    A Tween Star Does Lennon

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    April 21, 2010

Historical Examples of gillies

British Dictionary definitions for gillies



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


ghillie or gilly

noun plural -lies Scot

an attendant or guide for hunting or fishing
(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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