Main definitions of keelie in English

: keelie1keelie2

keelie1

noun

Northern English, Scottish
  • A disreputable inhabitant of a town or city, especially one from Glasgow.

    • ‘Where I live is okay - if I could just get rid of all the keelies it would be even better.’
    • ‘There has been much interest recently in the Scots’ language Gaelic, once the preserve of the teuchters in the highlands but now increasingly popular among the keelies in the lowlands.’
    • ‘You're a Keelie aren't you?’
    thug, roughneck, scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, lout, hooligan, hoodlum, vandal, delinquent, rowdy, bully boy, bully, brute
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Origin

Early 19th century: perhaps related to gillie.

Pronunciation

keelie

/ˈkiːli/

Main definitions of keelie in English

: keelie1keelie2

keelie2

noun

Northern English, Scottish
  • A small hawk or falcon, such as the sparrowhawk or kestrel.

Origin

Early 19th century: perhaps imitative of its call.

Pronunciation

keelie

/ˈkiːli/