Definition of peelie in US English:

peelie

(also peely)

adjective

Scottish
  • Thin; gaunt; pale.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Jamieson (1759–1838), antiquary and philologist. Origin uncertain; perhaps (as suggested by Sc. National Dict s.v.) originally imitative of a slight, high-pitched sound, influenced in form by pallie.

Pronunciation

peelie

/ˈpiːli/