Meaning of shillelagh in English:

shillelagh

Pronunciation /ʃɪˈleɪlə/ /ʃɪˈleɪli/

noun

  • A thick stick of blackthorn or oak used in Ireland, typically as a weapon.

    • ‘Our whacking shillelaghs came over their heads,’
    • ‘Ballybunion, for instance, has 36 holes in the dunes, but 18 of them are great and 18 are such that you couldn't persuade me to play them even with a shillelagh.’
    • ‘You're as likely to get mugged and beaten in Ireland as anywhere else in Western Europe, and rest assured, you won't be beaten with a magical shillelagh.’
    • ‘I couldn't get a shillelagh, so I used a cane with knots in it instead.’
    • ‘Metaphorically, with the traditional whiskey under his belt and a shillelagh under his arm, he sets the tone of the play and from there it never looks back.’
    • ‘Incidentally, here's a good place to learn more about your shillelagh.’
    club, bludgeon, stick, truncheon, baton, blackthorn, mace, bat

Origin

Late 18th century from the name of the town Shillelagh, in Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

Pronunciation

shillelagh

/ʃɪˈleɪlə/ /ʃɪˈleɪli/