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shelty

or shel·tie

[ shel-tee ]
/ ˈʃɛl ti /
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noun, plural shel·ties.Informal.

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Origin of shelty

1640–50; shelt (<Old Norse hjaltr “native of Shetland”) + -y2
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Example sentences from the Web for shelty

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

  • 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
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