from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang A British sailor.
- n. Slang An English person.
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- adj. Resembling limes (the fruit), lime-like.
- adj. Of, or pertaining to, limes (the fruit).
- n. An Englishman or other Briton, or a person of British descent.
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.