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  • proper noun A female given name.
  • proper noun Generic use for any female (as Sheila in Australian English), especially paired (since the 15th c., compare Ienken and Iulyan) with the male Jack.
  • proper noun A young woman; a sweetheart; like the variant spelling Gill it was also associated with various assertive uses of the term flirt, as in flirtgigg (used by William Shakespeare for a 'woman of light or loose behavior').
  • proper noun A man's right hand; usually used in allusion to masturbation.
  • proper noun A jillstrap: the female counterpart to a jockstrap.


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A variant of Gill, diminutive of Gillian, a medieval form of Juliana, ultimately from Latin.


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  • JIM CARROLL, JILL CARROLL'S FATHER: I want to speak directly to the men holding my daughter Jill because they may also be fathers like me.

    CNN Transcript Jan 20, 2006 2006

  • JIM CARROLL, JILL CARROLL'S FATHER: Your story is one that can be told by Jill to the whole world.

    CNN Transcript Jan 23, 2006 2006

  • JACKIE SPINNER, FRIEND OF HOSTAGE JILL CARROLL: I think any journalist in Iraq is nervous about exactly what's happened to Jill.

    CNN Transcript Jan 18, 2006 2006

  • KATIE CARROLL, JILL CARROLL'S SISTER: There's no one I hold closer to my heart than my sister, Jill, and I'm deeply worried about how she is being treated.

    CNN Transcript Mar 30, 2006 2006

  • JIM CARROLL, FATHER OF JILL CARROLL: Jill started to tell your story, so, please, let her finish it.

    CNN Transcript Jan 25, 2006 2006

  • MARY BETH CARROLL, JILL CARROLL'S MOTHER: Jill has always shown the highest respect for the Iraqi people and their customs.

    CNN Transcript Jan 22, 2006 2006

  • NATASHA TYNES, FRIEND OF JILL CARROLL: The e-mails that I want to share with you is just to show that Jill was extremely careful when she went to Iraq and she's not a reckless person and she was extremely careful and she knew what she was doing.

    CNN Transcript Jan 21, 2006 2006

  • JIM CARROLL, JILL CARROLL'S FATHER: Your story is one that can be told by Jill to the whole world.

    CNN Transcript Jan 26, 2006 2006

  • Me and jill and Holly went for drinks with her (jills) parents to celebrate the fact that Jill got a new, rad, science - related job! yay. then me and jill went to the Night Gallery to see Duotang, but first had to put up with this horrid band called Crush.

    withkerth Diary Entry withkerth 2002

  • She saw Lacayo finally give up, sit back down at his desk and wait for the bell. jill let Phaedra go on and on about the dance, and when she finally stopped talking long enough to start on her lunch, Jill said, "Let's go."

    Outside In Sommers, Beverly 1990


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