Origin of shelty
1640–50; shelt (< Old Norse hjaltr native of Shetland) + -y2
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Examples from the Web for 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.
When the deed was done the shelty was brought back to its tether as mysteriously as it had been taken away.