One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounIrish, Northern English, Scottish
A poor working-class woman (traditionally wearing a shawl).
- ‘It was a relief to the church folk when the shawlies were coming in such large numbers that Amy needed a separate building for them.’
- ‘She loved the old shawlies and made friends with them.’
- ‘There she headed up Bible studies and prayer meetings that many of the shawlies went to.’
- ‘Where have all the shawlies gone?’
- ‘Just think, horse drivers, harness makers and cart manufacturers could come back into their own as might urchins, shawlies and the near extinct scallywags.’
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