or shel·tie


noun, plural shel·ties. Informal.

Origin of shelty

1640–50; shelt (< Old Norse hjaltr native of Shetland) + -y2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shelty

Historical Examples of shelty

  • But at this moment Surefoot is stretched more like a stone than a shelty in the land of Nod.

  • I can carry a ship through any sea a ship can live in; I could not drive a Shetland shelty down an empty street.

    Prisoners of Conscience

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • The sons were about to cross a voe or ferry; but one was to take his shelty, while the rest were to go by the boat.

    Witch Stories

    E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton

  • When the deed was done the shelty was brought back to its tether as mysteriously as it had been taken away.

    Witch Stories

    E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton