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Kilroy

[kil-roi]
noun
  1. a fictitious American male, created by American troops who left the inscription “Kilroy was here” on walls, property, etc., all over the world in the years during and after World War II.
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  • Lady Fulda Guthrie, an aunt of Mrs. Kilroy's, was the only other guest.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

  • "Really I do not think I ought to let you be bored by that man," Mr. Kilroy exclaimed.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

  • "I consider it a slight on Mr. and Mrs. Kilroy's part," he pursued huffily.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

  • Mr. Kilroy saw to the stables, which he completed with a saddle-horse and a pony-carriage.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

  • Mrs. Kilroy and Mrs. Orton Beg have just come in; I will go and join them.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand


Word Origin and History for kilroy

Kilroy

U.S. military graffito character, 1945, said to be either Sgt. Francis J. Kilroy Jr., U.S. Army Air Transport, whose friend or friends began writing his name everywhere as a prank; or war materiéls inspector James J. Kilroy of Quincy, Mass., who wrote "Kilroy was here" on everything he checked.

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