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keelie 1

Pronunciation: /ˈkiːli/

noun (plural keelies)

Scottish & Northern English
A disreputable inhabitant of a town or city, especially one from Glasgow.
Example sentences
  • 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?

Origin

Early 19th century: perhaps related to gillie.

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keelie 2

Pronunciation: /ˈkiːli/

noun (plural keelies)

Scottish & Northern English
A small hawk or falcon, such as the sparrowhawk or kestrel.

Origin

Early 19th century: perhaps imitative of its call.

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