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keelie

noun Scot
  1. a kestrel
  2. an urban ruffian; lower-class town or city dweller, esp Glaswegian
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Word Origin

C19: of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for keelie

Historical Examples

  • There's no a 'keelie' in the toon that wad dare to do as muckle!

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City

    S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett