Definition of sheila in English:



NZ, Australian
  • A girl or woman.

    • ‘Is such footwear now trendy or is this some kind of tongue-in-cheek statement from the pocket-sized sheila?’
    • ‘With some allowance for their smaller muscle mass, the sheilas are well up to the blokes in the great outdoors.’
    • ‘Through the subtleties of the film were lost on this westerner, it seemed to involve a bloke who was keen on a sheila but was having trouble with the in-laws.’
    • ‘A female may be my sheila, my bird, my charley, my good sort, my hot-drop, my judy or my wife, but she is never ‘my mate’.’
    • ‘You will meet a bunch of blokes and their sheilas and I'm sure you will recognise some of them.’
    • ‘I'm not sure he likes having a sheila sharing his space.’
    • ‘Des went to Perth [Brisbane was full] with his new sheila.’
    • ‘Not a bad looker either, rather the kind he liked actually; a cleaned-up version of the sheila he'd lived with for so long, only about twenty years younger.’
    • ‘There were a lot of rough sheilas in that joint.’
    • ‘I visited her for a little while yesterday afternoon, mindful of Rayna's kind advice, crying like the most unstaunch of sheilas, and, in the end, just holding her hand to my face, which she recognised.’
    • ‘In that way that makes older people remember the good old days of manners and blokes opening doors for sheilas.’
    • ‘It's 25 to 45-year-old blokes and sheilas who kick in and join footy clubs, not children.’
    • ‘Ryan, this is Alicia, my sheila,’ Quigley said by way of introductions.’
    • ‘Well, that seems inevitable given the personal risks these sheilas took.’
    • ‘The cowboys sat at the end of the table, leaving room for the sheilas.’
    • ‘The Aussie said, ‘That's nothing, we have sheilas with fannies this big.’’
    • ‘To spend an afternoon at the pokies with a stubbie in your hand while the sheila and kids sit outside the pub in the 4-wheel drive is one of Australia's great institutions.’
    • ‘But at the 1975 one, sheilas were still whistling to the same tune.’
    • ‘I mean, that wanker is the type that likes to have a couple of sheilas on the side.’
    • ‘People often say: ‘Who's the sheila on the front?’’
    lady, girl, member of the fair sex, member of the gentle sex, female
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Mid 19th century (originally as shaler): of unknown origin, later assimilated to the given name Sheila.