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sheila

[shee-luh] /ˈʃi lə/
noun, Australian Slang.
1.
a girl or young woman.
Origin of sheila
special use of proper name

Sheila

[shee-luh] /ˈʃi lə/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Celia.
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  • No clear decisive thought came into his mind, only a vague recognition that so far as sheila was concerned this was the end.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • "But you'd want boys at the dancin' as well," sheila interrupted.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • Oh yes, she will marry—sheila will marry: what will be the life of a young girl if she does not marry?

  • sheila Morgan had gone smilingly to John Marsh as he entered the room.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • sheila rode astride, in the manner of a country where side saddles are almost unknown.

    Desert Conquest A. M. Chisholm
British Dictionary definitions for sheila

sheila

/ˈʃiːlə/
noun
1.
(Austral & NZ, old-fashioned) an informal word for girl, woman
Word Origin
C19: from the girl's name Sheila
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Word Origin and History for sheila

Sheila

fem. proper name, Irish equivalent of Celia, shortened form of Cecilia, the fem. form of Cecil. A standard type of an Irish women's name since 1828; slang for "girlfriend, young woman" dates from 1839.

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