American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Shirley, William 1694-1771. British colonial administrator who was governor of Massachusetts (1741-1749 and 1753-1756) and commanded British forces in the French and Indian War.
- n. An English habitational surname
- n. A male given name transferred from the surname.
- n. A female given name transferred from the surname. Popular from the 1920s to the 1950s.
- adv. informal, humorous surely
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The bullfinch.
- English place name form Old English scīr ("county") + lēah ("meadow"). (Wiktionary)
“SHIRLEY -- A 19-year-old Shirley man who suffered stab and gunshot wounds during a Saturday night incident in Shirley that also left a 19-year-old Groton woman dead has been described as a person of interest in the investigation.”
“She takes exception to the portion of the post in which I refer to the Shirley Sherrod video as "doctored.”
“Jane Eyre (Ch. 12) "Shirley" is a powerful indictment of the position of women in nineteenth-century England.”
“Given the current of nostalgia that helps old TV shows get reinvented as modern feature films, Laverne & Shirley is perfect fodder.”
“But Jesus H. Christ on a pogo stick have you seen what Shirley is up to lately?”
“I'm afraid that Crystal's mom, Shirley is just as much”
“But Shirley is equally certain that Cristal was good for Nowitzki.”
“Shirley is a great book to make us understand the severe limitations imposed to women at the time.”
“There's no reason why SNP should tactically vote as they have a strong challenger in Shirley Anne Somerville who I believe has been helping to campaign for a long while now.”
“My friend Shirley is from Texas, and two of her children live there (Austin and El Paso).”
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