nounScottish, Irish, & Northern English, dated
A poor working-class woman (traditionally wearing a shawl).
More example sentences
- There she headed up Bible studies and prayer meetings that many of the shawlies went to.
- It was a relief to the church folk when the shawlies were coming in such large numbers that Amy needed a separate building for them.
- She loved the old shawlies and made friends with them.