from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Tilly, Count of. Title of Johann Tserclaas. 1559-1632. Flemish field marshal during the Thirty Years' War.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A diminutive of the female given name Matilda.
- proper n. A surname.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the character of till or boulder-clay: as, soil resting on a tilly bed.
As a result, SeaWorld had special rules for handling Tilikum, and warned all new employees in what they called the "Tilly Talk" that they would not survive if they fell in the pool with the killer whale.
Tilly is one of several celebrities in the tournament whose affinity for poker borders on an obsession.
A finishing school "finishes" one for adult life, polishes the rough stones into gems; yet how awful to be "finished" in one's late teens — as Princess Tilly is — when one should only be started!
This evening Tilly is making the big trip out to Abbotsford.
However, Tilly is doing fine, and continues to eat well and squeak constantly.
Tilly and Dorothy have met, and to my surprise Tilly is much braver and more curious than Dorothy is.
That's where I met Killisnoo; I called her Tilly for short.
"I calls her Tilly when I am a-cuddling of her; when she riles me, and gets my dander up, I says, 'Tilder, come here!'" and the butcher raised his voice till it seemed like an ox's bellow.
The youngster told relatives that Mathilde Lamb - who was known as Tilly - had been leaning out of their apartment window to remonstrate with a group of people rowing outside in the street, when she lost her balance and fell.
"They called her Tilly, and she helped everybody, she didn't deserve what she got," she said.
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