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sheila

[shee-luh]
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noun Australian Slang.
  1. a girl or young woman.
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Origin of sheila

special use of proper name

Sheila

[shee-luh]
noun
  1. a female given name, form of Celia.
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  • He seemed unaccountably to be more aware of Sheila than he was of Mary.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Sheila would probably be busy about the house or she might have work to do in the farmyard.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "I wondered were you comin'," Sheila said as he came up to her.

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    St. John G. Ervine

  • I couldn't help it, Sheila, and the worst of it was I didn't know what to say to you.

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    St. John G. Ervine

  • "But you'd want boys at the dancin' as well," Sheila interrupted.

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    St. John G. Ervine


British Dictionary definitions for sheila

sheila

noun
  1. Australian and NZ old-fashioned an informal word for girl, woman
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Word Origin

C19: from the girl's name Sheila
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sheila

Sheila

fem. proper name, Irish equivalent of Celia, shortened form of Cecilia, the fem. form of Cecil. A standard type of an Irish women's name since 1828; slang for "girlfriend, young woman" dates from 1839.

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