Definitions

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  • n. A Shetland pony; any small pony.
  • n. Sheepdog.
  • n. A Shetlander.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small sturdy horse; a Shetland pony.
  • n. A sheal; a cabin or shanty.

Etymologies

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Probably ultimately representing Old Norse Hjalti ("Shetlander").

Examples

  • Lowland smith would hammer shoon on a Highland shelty.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • “You, sir, doubtless, are well mounted, and I for the present travel on foot, or on a Highland shelty, that does not help me much faster forward.”

    Rob Roy

  • The only guest who had chalked-out other sport for himself was the stanchest of anglers, Mr. Rose; but he too was there on his shelty, armed with his salmon-rod and landing-net, and attended by his Hinves, and Charlie Purdie, a brother of Tom, in those days the most celebrated fisherman of the district.

    Paras. 50-73

  • His shelty had broken back for the hill, but his spear lay a yard off.

    The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies

  • It was ill riding on the braeface, and Sim and his shelty floundered among the screes.

    The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies

  • The shelty had been recovered, and Sim to his pride found himself riding in the front with Wat and young Harden and others of the Scott and Elliot gentry.

    The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies

  • Somehow or other Sim and his shelty got down the steep braeface.

    The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies

  • The shelty shied at a line of firelight from the window, as Sim flung himself wearily on its back.

    The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies

  • With his head on his breast he let the shelty take its own road through the mosses.

    The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies

  • The shelty came down over the rump of a red bullock, and Sim was sprawling on his face in the trampled grass.

    The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies

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