Main meanings of keelie in English

: keelie1keelie2

keelie1

Pronunciation /ˈkiːli/

nounkeelies

Scottish, Northern English
  • A disreputable inhabitant of a town or city, especially one from Glasgow.

    ‘Where I live is okay - if I could just get rid of all the keelies it would be even better.’
    • ‘There has been much interest recently in the Scots’ language Gaelic, once the preserve of the teuchters in the highlands but now increasingly popular among the keelies in the lowlands.’
    • ‘You're a Keelie aren't you?’
    thug, roughneck, scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, lout, hooligan, hoodlum, vandal, delinquent, rowdy, bully boy, bully, brute

Origin

Early 19th century perhaps related to gillie.

Main meanings of keelie in English

: keelie1keelie2

keelie2

Pronunciation /ˈkiːli/

nounkeelies

Scottish, Northern English
  • A small hawk or falcon, such as the sparrowhawk or kestrel.

Origin

Early 19th century perhaps imitative of its call.