filly

noun fil·ly \ ˈfi-lē \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of filly

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

Examples of filly in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of filly

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

filly Synonyms

Synonyms
girl, lass, lassie, miss, missy, nymph, sheila [Australian & New Zealand]
Related Words
bobby-soxer, junior miss, schoolgirl, subdebutante, teenybopper; gamine, hoyden, pixie (also pixy), romp, snip, tomboy

FILLY Defined for English Language Learners

filly

noun

Definition of filly for English Language Learners

  • : a young female horse


FILLY Defined for Kids

filly

noun fil·ly \ ˈfi-lē \

Definition of filly for Students

plural fillies
: a young female horse


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