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[kuhl-ee] /ˈkʌl i/
noun, plural cullies.
Archaic. a dupe.
Slang. fellow; companion.
verb (used with object), cullied, cullying.
to trick; cheat; dupe.
Origin of cully
1655-65; perhaps shortening of cullion Unabridged
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  • Could she but have dissembled well, I had been still her cully.

  • Shortly thereafter, cully discovered why he still lived, breathed: a suit.

    Cully Jack Egan
  • Still, there is the damning evidence of the gun, which cully declares could only have been taken from him along with his life.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • cully smiled at the old man, the words churning in his brain; but he did not understand.

    Cully Jack Egan
  • It was evident to Babcock that cully at that moment was bubbling over with fun.

    Tom Grogan F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Turn that snatch-block, cully, and tighten up the watch-tackle.

    Tom Grogan F. Hopkinson Smith
  • There is one of this kind at cully, Calvados, walled on three sides, and fed from the spring by two circular openings.

  • The mite was peering through the crack and calling to cully at the horse-trough.

    Tom Grogan F. Hopkinson Smith
  • This can cully saw him hide in a corner of his father's stable.

    Tom Grogan F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Then she went down to the stable and had a long conference with cully.

    Tom Grogan F. Hopkinson Smith
British Dictionary definitions for cully


noun (pl) -lies
(slang) pal; mate
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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