American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang A British sailor.
- n. Slang An English person.
- From 18th and 19th century British sailors drinking lime juice to ward off scurvy (Wiktionary)
- Short for lime juicer (from the use of lime juice on British warships in order to prevent scurvy). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It seems to me that "limey" is more affectionate than pejorative.”
“Why: The leaves as well as the lime rind impart a sharp, unmistakable lime scent and taste that is more "limey" than regular limes.”
“This use is probably responsible for the slang term "limey" which developed and was/is used to describe those having an English background.”
“As a result of this discovery, British sailors planted lime trees at their ports of call and ate the fruit regularly; it's how the term "limey" got applied to them, and later by association to British people in general”
“Frankie Gambino was quick to point out that we saved the 'limey's homeland in WWII.”
“I am not sure that "limey" is really to Anglo-Saxon what "kike" is to Jewish, or suchlike.”
“Is that some kind of limey ... rics: Who ever has paid attention to the fucking Guardian?”
“All of that spicy, brothy, limey goodness is just what the doctor ordered for a stuffed head and scratchy sore throat.”
“In the bar's back room this morning, Graeme is busy trouncing Patrick at a last game of pool, although Patrick insists that once they get to Alice, where he'll be able to play without bumping his cue into the wall,he'll kick Graeme's limey ass.”
“Then you have the limey jolt of the caryopteris 'leaves.”
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