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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Matt Stone, Louisville Courier Journal Trainer Dale Romans joked he’s been asked more in recent days about Rick Pitino than his filly for the Kentucky Oaks, and that didn’t change Monday during the Oaks draw at Churchill Downs. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "'I can't talk him into it': Dale Romans says Rick Pitino won't come to Kentucky Oaks," 30 Apr. 2018 Post time is scheduled for 5:34 p.m. Most analysts and the morning-line oddsmaker see the 1 1/8-mile race as a two-filly competition between Monomoy Girl (2-1) and Midnight Bisou (5-2). Jeff Duncan,, "What is post time for Kentucky Derby 2018?," 5 May 2018 The Grade 2 $200,000 Great Lady M, for fillies and mares going 6 ½ furlongs, will be run Saturday. John Cherwa,, "Los Alamitos ready for its summer run of horse racing doubleheaders," 27 June 2018 The filly just outside her, Beach Waltz, came in and bumped Toinette into Daddy Is a Legend. Bill Cain, The Courier-Journal, "Toinette topples favorite, triumphs in Edgewood Stakes on Kentucky Oaks day," 4 May 2018 The filly by Pyc Paint Your Wagon is out of the champion aged mare Fovee, a winner of the Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap in 2011. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Los Alamitos puts its first day of the meeting in the books," 29 June 2018 Northwest Factor, upset winner of the Gottstein Futurity, was voted top 2-Year-Old filly. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Emerald Downs president: ‘We are all optimistic’ after a horse-racing season with increase in daily handle," 24 Sep. 2018 Alter Moon, a 14 ½-length winner in her last start, is the clear 8-5 favorite in the field of six sophomore fillies in the 7-furlong $75,000 Azalea Stakes. Tim Dwyer,, "X Y Jet highlights Summit of Speed card," 29 June 2018 The $450,000 daughter of Into Mischief meets a group with three fillies exiting the Oaks that are sure to take a good deal of money, but this Kentucky bred boasts the best BRIS speed ratings of the bunch. Scott Shapiro, The Courier-Journal, "'s free pick for Friday's races at Churchill Downs," 31 May 2018

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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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