cell·​ie | \ ˈse-lē How to pronounce cellie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly celly
plural cellies

Definition of cellie

US slang
1 : cellmate On the third day, guards put a jumbo-sized prisoner into Turner's cell. Turner, who claimed to be a protective-custody case, protested. He got the worst of the ensuing fight with his cellie, who was soon removed.— Alan Prendergast, Denver Westword, 26 June 2003
2 : cell phone As Venus dials her dad on her cellie, LaVar gives Richard Williams a shout-out: “Tell him I said, ‘Peace.’”— Anne Marie Cruz, ESPN, 15 May 2000 Next time you talk on your celly, keep it brief …— Greg Bishop, VIBE, August 1997

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First Known Use of cellie

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cellie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellie. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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