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Etymology 1Edit

From Scottish Gaelic gille(helper), compare Irish giolla(boy).

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gillie ‎(plural gillies)

  1. (originally) Male attendant on a Scottish Highland chief.
  2. (Scottish and Irish) Fishing and hunting guide.
    • 1894, George du Maurier, Trilby[1], page 160:
      When dinner should be over, supper was to follow with scarcely any interval to speak of; and to partake of this other guests should be bidden—Svengali and Gecko, and perhaps one or two more. No ladies! For, as the unsusceptible Laird expressed it, in the language of a gillie he had once met at a servants' dance in a Highland country-house, "Them wimmen spiles the ball!"
    The gillie still wore in kilt in his laird's clan tartan
  3. (Ireland, Britain) A man or boy who attends to a person who is hunting or fishing in Scotland.
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gillie ‎(third-person singular simple present gillies, present participle gillying, simple past and past participle gillied)

  1. (transitive) To be a gillie (a hunting or fishing guide) for (someone).

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Etymology 2Edit

From gill(drink measure for spirits) +‎ -ie.

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gillie ‎(plural gillies)

  1. (Scotland) A gill of an alcoholic drink.