Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

kelpie

play
noun kel·pie \ˈkel-pē\

Definition of kelpie

  1. :  a water sprite of Scottish folklore that delights in or brings about the drowning of wayfarers



Origin and Etymology of kelpie

perhaps from Scottish Gaelic cailpeach, colpach heifer, colt


First Known Use: 1747


2

kelpie

noun kel·pie

Definition of kelpie

  1. :  any of a breed of energetic working dogs developed in Australia from British sheepdogs



Origin and Etymology of kelpie

Kelpie, name of a dog of this breed


First Known Use: 1903


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up kelpie? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or near a shore

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

interruption torrent rebellion megillah
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ