Definitions

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  • n. A sparrowhawk or kestrel.
  • n. A common or violent urban youth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The kestrel.

Etymologies

Imitative. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The kilt was my wear when first I went to Glascow College, and many a St Mungo keelie, no better than myself at classes or at English language, made fun of my brown knees, sometimes not to the advantage of his headpiece when it came to argument and neifs on the Fleshers 'Haugh.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

  • You'd see your son grow up a drunken keelie, an 'mebbe a thief an' a murderer, so long as you could say there was nae harm in it.

    The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays

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  • "A hawk; a young hawk; a thief." Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    May 24, 2011

  • "You're struck on that Robert Louis Stevenson, but he wasn't so much. My Aunt Phemie was with him at Mr. Robert Thompson's school in Heriot Row, and she says he was an awful young blackguard, playing with the keelies all he could and gossiping with the cabmen on the rank."

    - Rebecca West, The Judge, ii

    July 10, 2009