Definition of shillelagh in English:


Line breaks: shil|le¦lagh
Pronunciation: /ʃɪˈleɪlə
, -li/


A thick stick of blackthorn or oak used in Ireland, typically as a weapon.
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  • 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 Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

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