- a British sailor.
- a British ship.
- a British person.
Origin of limey
Examples from the Web for limey
Maybe they needed to do that because Freud himself was hardly a true Limey.Lucian Freud, the Conservative Radical
July 21, 2011
We are a little mortary and limey at present, but we are getting on capitally.Reprinted Pieces
A plasterer with limey overalls gazed at the wagon intently until it passed by.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
The same facts exist with regard to a loam, a calcareous (or limey) soil, or a vegetable mould.The Elements of Agriculture
George E. Waring
- a British person
- a British sailor or ship
Word Origin and History for limey
1888, Australian, New Zealand, and South African slang for "English immigrant;" U.S. use is attested from 1918, originally "British sailor, British warship," short for lime-juicer (1857), in derisive reference to the British Navy's policy (begun 1795) of issuing lime (n.2) juice on ships to prevent scurvy among sailors. In U.S., extended to "any Englishman" by 1924.
Midway Signs Limey Prof to Dope Yank Talk ["Chicago Tribune" headline, Oct. 18, 1924]