Definition of water bailie in US English:

water bailie

noun

  • A person employed to patrol a river or other body of water, in order to enforce by-laws relating to fishing, and especially to prevent poaching; = "water bailiff". Now rare (chiefly Scottish).

Origin

Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From water + bailie.

Pronunciation

water bailie

/ˈwɔːtə ˌbeɪli/