Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A cudgel of oak, blackthorn, or other hardwood.

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  • noun A wooden club ending with a large knob.

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  • noun a cudgel made of hardwood (usually oak or blackthorn)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Shillelagh, a village of east-central Ireland where cudgels were made with wood from the formerly extensive local oak forests.]

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From the name of the Irish village and barony.

Examples

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  • "In bodycoats, kneebreeches, with Donnybrook fair shillelaghs." Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 1, 2008

  • Sarah: Federline isn't in the GBC.

    Wing Chun: Are you kidding me?

    Sarah: First of all, Bobby Brown would beat the crap out of him using Mark Hamill as a shillelagh. Second of all –

    Wing Chun: Why Hamill?

    Sarah: I don't know. I just picture Brown grabbing the first relatively small dude who's sitting still, lashing his arms and legs to his body with colored shoelaces, and going to town.

    Wing Chun: …Colored shoelaces.

    Sarah: …What?

    Wing Chun: I…nothing.

    from this entry at Tomato Nation.

    April 6, 2008

  • 6 links in 1 post? Uffa.

    March 17, 2009