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gillie

or gilly

[gil-ee] /ˈgɪl i/
noun
1.
Scot.
  1. a hunting or fishing guide.
  2. a male attendant or personal servant to a Highland chieftain.
2.
Origin of gillie
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Scots Gaelic gille lad, servant

ghillie

or gillie

[gil-ee] /ˈgɪl i/
noun
1.
a low-cut, tongueless shoe with loops instead of eyelets for the laces, which cross the instep and are sometimes tied around the ankle.
Origin
1590-1600; see gillie; apparently a type of shoe orig. worn by Scottish hunting guides
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  • “I think it is time to go back,” suggested the gillie in a dull, uninterested voice.

  • The gem referred to was no other than our friend gillie White.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • I accordingly, whilst holding on for all I was worth, sent the gillie ahead to stone him up.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
  • As for the Captain, gillie, and Lawrence, they had quite enough to do to look after themselves.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • In what direction do you think your talents lie, Mr. gillie?

    Bought and Paid For Arthur Hornblow
  • "You're kind, but you're rather depressing, gillie," said Val.

    The Limit Ada Leverson
  • Turning to Virginia, he said: "I think you told me that your sister and Mr. gillie are engaged."

    Bought and Paid For Arthur Hornblow
  • That's all right, gillie; but what I want to know is, where you're really going.

    The Limit Ada Leverson
  • "I don't clearly know what a gillie is," he said, in answer to one of Frank's explanations.

    The Eustace Diamonds Anthony Trollope
  • But a little before it come there, it crosseth with the gillie.

British Dictionary definitions for gillie

gillie

/ˈɡɪlɪ/
noun (Scot) (pl) -lies
1.
an attendant or guide for hunting or fishing
2.
(formerly) a Highland chieftain's male attendant or personal servant
Word Origin
C17: from Scottish Gaelic gille boy, servant

ghillie

/ˈɡɪlɪ/
noun
1.
a type of tongueless shoe with lacing up the instep, originally worn by the Scots
2.
a variant spelling of gillie
Word Origin
from Scottish Gaelic gille boy
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