Main definitions of keelie in English

: keelie1keelie2

keelie1

noun

Scottish, Northern English
  • 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.’
    • ‘You're a Keelie aren't you?’
    • ‘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.’
    thug, 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

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

Origin

Early 19th century: perhaps imitative of its call.

Pronunciation

keelie

/ˈkiːli/