fil·​ly | \ ˈfi-lē How to pronounce filly (audio) \
plural fillies

Definition of filly

1 : a young female horse usually of less than four years
2 : a young woman : girl

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Synonyms for filly


girl, lass, lassie, miss, missy, nymph, sheila [Australian & New Zealand]

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Examples of filly in a Sentence

she's still a filly, so she has plenty of time to decide what she wants to do in life

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Their homebred 2-year-old filly Giving Freely won the John Deere California Juvenile on Saturday night, while Conquering Marie won the Grade 2 $211,100 Golden State Derby at 38-1 odds on Sunday. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Next year’s dates are set … sort of," 23 Aug. 2019 Until Tuesday, Uncle Peters Love, an entrant in the aforementioned juvenile filly trot, raced for Miller. Bob Roberts,, "Record $2.5 million on the line Sunday in Northfield Park Ohio Sires Stakes races," 30 Aug. 2019 Odds-on choice in a field of six 3-year-old fillies will go straight to the front and might go all the way again for her second Grade 2 win. Bob Clancy,, "Clancy’s Call: Saratoga," 30 Aug. 2019 This filly made a comfortable early lead after breaking OK in the 12.5 second drill and galloped out with good energy while defeating her workmate by more than two lengths. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Santa Anita downhill course to stay closed," 9 Aug. 2019 Her trainer Matt Fales is hitting at 23% win clip this season and this filly galloped out with big strides in 12.4 gate drill on July 2 after lugging in solidly early when working on the inside of a rival who went 12.6. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Congrats to Santa Anita for safe workouts," 12 July 2019 The three-year-old filly came from behind to snag a 3/4-length victory in the seven-furlong race. Christian Simmons,, "Stormy Embrace wins second straight Princess Rooney at Summit of Speed," 29 June 2019 Look for jockey Florent Geroux to save ground early and come with a strong run late that should be good enough to earn this filly her second lifetime score. Scott Shapiro, The Courier-Journal, "'s free expert pick for Saturday at Churchill Downs," 25 May 2018 When Dovescry won the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the filly companion to the Hambletonian, by two lengths in a career-best 1:50.2. Jackson Thompson,, "Forbidden Trade overcomes 15-1 odds to win Hambletonian," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of filly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for filly

Middle English fyly, from Old Norse fylja; akin to Old English fola foal

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English Language Learners Definition of filly

: a young female horse


fil·​ly | \ ˈfi-lē How to pronounce filly (audio) \
plural fillies

Kids Definition of filly

: a young female horse

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