keelie

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Etymology[edit]

Imitative.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

keelie (plural keelies)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) A sparrowhawk or kestrel.
  2. (Scotland, Northern England) A common or violent urban youth.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 64:
      That was what she said if it was Glasgow people, Oh they are just keelies.