noun (plural keelies)Scottish & Northern English
A disreputable inhabitant of a town or city, especially one from Glasgow.
- Where I live is okay - if I could just get rid of all the keelies it would be even better.
- There has been much interest recently in the Scots’ language Gaelic, once the preserve of the teuchters in the highlands but now increasingly popular among the keelies in the lowlands.
- You're a Keelie aren't you?
Early 19th century: perhaps related to gillie.
Early 19th century: perhaps imitative of its call.
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