Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
[ lahy-mee ]
/ ˈlaɪ mi /
noun, plural lim·eys.
a British sailor.
a British ship.
a British person.
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usage note for limey
This term (and the earlier lime-juicer ) was probably first applied by Americans to British sailors, used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting. Historically, it also referred to a British immigrant in Australia. Later it became a more neutral nickname for any British person.
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British Dictionary definitions for limey
/ (ˈlaɪmɪ) US and Canadian slang /
a British person
a British sailor or ship
Word Origin for limey
abbreviated from C19 lime-juicer, because British sailors were required to drink lime juice as a protection against scurvy
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