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[key] /keɪ/
a private Korean-American banking club to which members pay contributions and from which they may take out loans, usually to start small businesses.
Origin of kye
1985-90; < Korean Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The kye were in the sea-pastures near, and even the dogs slept.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • Randal and Jean thought it was very likely there were "kye," or cattle, in the water.

    The Gold Of Fairnilee Andrew Lang
  • From the pastures the kye ran lowing and bellowing, in a wild stampede.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • She encourages the latter, telling her not to be pitened and kye.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Luckily for them "the kye had not come hame," and the shed was empty.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • One shilling and sixpence is a kye, now and then an eighteener.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • "This is worth a' the kye frae Achnasheen to Glen Urquhart," he cried.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • Suddenly one heifer, then another, then all the kye, began a strange lowing.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • But the kye “were rowting on the loan and the lea,” and something had to be done to augment the quickly vanishing herd.

    Border Raids and Reivers Robert Borland
  • The monks were at the hoe or the spade, and some milking the kye, and some at the fishing.

British Dictionary definitions for kye


(functioning as pl) a Scottish and Northern English variant of kine
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