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burley1

[bur-lee] /ˈbɜr li/
noun, plural burleys. (often initial capital letter)
1.
an American tobacco with thin leaves and light color, grown especially in Kentucky and nearby regions, used mostly in cigarettes.
Origin of burley1
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; apparently from proper name

burley2

[bur-lee] /ˈbɜr li/
noun, plural burleys. Informal.
1.
a burlesque show.
Origin

Burley

[bur-lee] /ˈbɜr li/
noun
1.
a male given name.
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  • burley's great voice predominant, Mr. Douce chiming in with hiccupy broken treble.

  • The search was growing doubtful, and I felt sorry for Mr. burley.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • He said he wasnt very good at persuasion and thought burley would require lots of it; so he asked me to see him.

    On Your Mark! Ralph Henry Barbour
  • You will be glad to hear, Mr. burley, that his lordship—ahem!

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • "I give thee fair warning," said burley, presenting his piece.

  • burley, he'll never fergive me s'long 's I live ef I get et up.

    The Man of the Desert Grace Livingston Hill
  • As the reader will expect, no trace of burley could Leonard find: the humourist had ceased to communicate with the "Beehive."

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "There is an arbour in the garden, under a weeping-ash," returned burley.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • burley's character for ruthlessness is defended by the evidence of the "Scottish Worthies."

British Dictionary definitions for burley

burley1

/ˈbɜːlɪ/
noun, verb
1.
a variant spelling of berley

burley2

/ˈbɜːlɪ/
noun
1.
a light thin-leaved tobacco, grown esp in Kentucky
Word Origin
C19: probably from the name Burley
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