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[kil-roi] /ˈkɪl rɔɪ/
a fictitious American male, created by American troops who left the inscription “Kilroy was here” on walls, property, etc., all over the world in the years during and after World War II. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mr. Kilroy had come in while they were talking, and sat listening to the last part of the conversation.

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  • "You make me feel ashamed of myself, Ideala," said Mrs. Kilroy with contrition.

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  • "A friend of Mrs. Kilroy's, I believe," the gentleman answered, and moved off as if he resented the question.

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  • "Then he must have suspected that you would disapprove," said Mrs. Kilroy.

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  • "That is what Sir George says, and he knows her well," Mrs. Kilroy interposed.

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  • Lady Fulda Guthrie, an aunt of Mrs. Kilroy's, was the only other guest.

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  • "That kind of man spends most of his time in cultivating acquaintances," said Mr. Kilroy.

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Word Origin and History for Kilroy

U.S. military graffito character, 1945, said to be either Sgt. Francis J. Kilroy Jr., U.S. Army Air Transport, whose friend or friends began writing his name everywhere as a prank; or war materiéls inspector James J. Kilroy of Quincy, Mass., who wrote "Kilroy was here" on everything he checked.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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