Meaning of lassie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlasi/


Scottish, Northern English
  • A girl or young woman.

    ‘I'm going to see a wee lassie tonight’
    • ‘When I was a wee lassie I of course had a Barbie doll.’
    • ‘Just one piece of advice, lads or lassies: make sure you know the answer is going to be ‘yes’ before you grab that microphone.’
    • ‘It was quite acceptable for a single, competent mountaineer to lead a group of lads and lassies on the hill, and to camp with them.’
    • ‘But the lads and lassies of lawn tennis are positively dedicated to maintaining the temple of their bodies compared to football's finest.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, back at the car park, we were treated to some splendid entertainment courtesy of the lads and lassies from the three competing nations.’
    • ‘For recreation on the long winter evenings when trade was slack, there was a kind of Bangkok-style bathhouse where the boys could frolic with the local lassies, strictly off company premises.’
    • ‘The women who organised the first Ladyfest, who are also playing at the Glasgow event, are blown away by these three lassies from Glasgow who came all that way and had such an amazing experience that they've organised one of their own.’
    • ‘Many of the lads from the Squadron came from Yorkshire and many others married Yorkshire lassies and it is our belief that many will have returned to Yorkshire when they retired from the Army.’
    • ‘The reply from the lassies came from a bloke, naturally, and you could tell his heart wasn't in it by the look of disbelief accompanying his recitation of male idiosyncrasies.’
    • ‘Hopefully when I get home the door will be shut - there will be noises of some kind or other and I will be comforted that the lassies haven't been stabbed in their beds.’
    • ‘We were happy lassies indeed, not least when it came to settling the bill which was a reasonable £47.20.’
    • ‘The gym hall was strewn with sobbing lassies, their lives ruined, their confidence shattered by human error.’
    • ‘People don't realise the terrible time lassies have when they work the town.’
    • ‘We used to chase those Scottish lassies up and down the hills at midnight.’
    • ‘I keep staring at her assistant, a similarly-proportioned lassie with tattoos covering one of her arms - which I have recently learned is called ‘a full sleeve’ - who is wearing a PVC nurse's uniform.’
    • ‘When asked, I always say I am a lassie from Lancashire, having been born in Bury and brought up on Merseyside.’
    • ‘Lets face it - us girls are a generous species when it comes to helping out a fellow lassie in distress, I'd be more than happy to share mine on occasion, after all, I've loaned out clothes several times before.’
    • ‘If you start off telling lies - even white ones, the chances of the lassie in question keeping you around get slimmer as time goes on - remember the most breakable thing in the world is trust - and you can never mend it.’
    • ‘So when that cabbie sits down to cheer on the British athletes this week and glimpses the giggling lassie from the back of his cab amongst the world's elite, he may consider that one of his biggest understatements.’
    girl, young woman, young lady


Early 18th century from lass + -ie.