or shil·la·la, shil·la·lah, shil·le·lah

[ shuh-ley-lee, -luh ]
/ ʃəˈleɪ li, -lə /

noun (esp. in Ireland)

a cudgel, traditionally of blackthorn or oak.

Words nearby shillelagh

Origin of shillelagh

First recorded in 1670–80, shillelagh is from the Irish word Síol Éiligh town in Co. Wicklow; the adjoining forest provided wood for the clubs Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for shillelagh



/ (ʃəˈleɪlə, -lɪ, Irish ʃɪˈleːlə) /


(in Ireland) a stout club or cudgel, esp one made of oak or blackthorn

Word Origin for shillelagh

C18: from Irish Gaelic sail cudgel + éille leash, thong
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