Definition of shawlie in English:

shawlie

noun

Northern English, Scottish, Irish
dated
  • A poor working-class woman (traditionally wearing a shawl).

    • ‘Just think, horse drivers, harness makers and cart manufacturers could come back into their own as might urchins, shawlies and the near extinct scallywags.’
    • ‘There she headed up Bible studies and prayer meetings that many of the shawlies went to.’
    • ‘She loved the old shawlies and made friends with them.’
    • ‘Where have all the shawlies gone?’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

shawlie

/ˈʃɔːli/