Definition of shillelagh in English:

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Pronunciation: /SHəˈlālē/


A thick stick of blackthorn or oak used in Ireland, typically as a weapon.
Example sentences
  • Our whacking shillelaghs came over their heads,
  • Ballybunion, for instance, has 36 holes in the dunes, but 18 of them are great and 18 are such that you couldn't persuade me to play them even with a shillelagh.
  • You're as likely to get mugged and beaten in Ireland as anywhere else in Western Europe, and rest assured, you won't be beaten with a magical shillelagh.


Late 18th century: from the name of the town Shillelagh, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Words that rhyme with shillelagh

Adela, bailer, bailor, baler, Benguela, bewailer, derailleur, hailer, inhaler, jailer, loudhailer, mailer, nailer, railer, retailer, sailer, sailor, scaler, Scheele, tailor, Taylor, trailer, Venezuela, vuvuzela, wailer, whaler

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Syllabification: shil·le·lagh

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