Kilroy

noun
Kil·​roy | \ ˈkilˌrȯi \
plural -s

Definition of Kilroy

: an inveterate traveler like the roamers Kilroy and Ulysses— Peter Viereck especially : a transient soldier of all the Kilroys of history who have passed through here … it was Napoleon who best summed up the strategic importance of Malta — J. P. O'Donnell

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History and Etymology for Kilroy

after Kilroy, mythical soldier of World War II whose name was inscribed in unlikely places all over the world by American soldiers

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“Kilroy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kilroy. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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