a private Korean-American banking club to which members pay contributions and from which they may take out loans, usually to start small businesses.

Origin of kye

Borrowed into English from Korean around 1985–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kye

Historical Examples of kye

  • We may fancy the delight of the villagers when 'the kye cam' hame.'

  • Randal and Jean thought it was very likely there were "kye," or cattle, in the water.

  • She encourages the latter, telling her not to be pitened and kye.

    Somehow Good

    William de Morgan

  • One shilling and sixpence is a kye, now and then an eighteener.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • The kye were in the sea-pastures near, and even the dogs slept.

British Dictionary definitions for kye



(functioning as plural) a Scottish and Northern English variant of kine
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