Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. An English habitational surname
  • proper n. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  • proper n. A female given name transferred from the surname. Popular from the 1920s to the 1950s.
  • adv. surely

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The bullfinch.

Etymologies

English place name form Old English scīr ("county") + lēah ("meadow"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Sentinel & Enterprise Most Viewed

  • She takes exception to the portion of the post in which I refer to the Shirley Sherrod video as "doctored."

    Crooks and Liars

  • Jane Eyre (Ch. 12) "Shirley" is a powerful indictment of the position of women in nineteenth-century England.

    The Better Part

  • Given the current of nostalgia that helps old TV shows get reinvented as modern feature films, Laverne & Shirley is perfect fodder.

    Jamie Foxx Writing Laverne & Shirley Feature; Jessica Biel and Jennifer Garner Still Attached to Star | /Film

  • But Jesus H. Christ on a pogo stick have you seen what Shirley is up to lately?

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • I'm afraid that Crystal's mom, Shirley is just as much

    Heroes or Villains?

  • But Shirley is equally certain that Cristal was good for Nowitzki.

    Heroes or Villains?

  • Shirley is a great book to make us understand the severe limitations imposed to women at the time.

    The Better Part

  • 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.

    Edinburgh Region

  • My friend Shirley is from Texas, and two of her children live there (Austin and El Paso).

    1912-2007 | Homesick Texan

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