limey

noun, often capitalized
lim·​ey | \ ˈlī-mē How to pronounce limey (audio) \
plural limeys

Definition of limey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 slang : a British sailor
2 slang : englishman

limey

adjective
lim·​ey

variant spelling of

1 : smeared with or consisting of lime : viscous
2 : containing lime or limestone
3 : resembling or having the qualities of lime

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The corn tortillas help quesadillas achieve excellence, for once: thick but pliant, not too cheesy, served with limey, oniony, chunky guacamole. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Some of Seattle’s best tacos (at Beacon Hill prices)," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of limey

Noun

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for limey

Noun

lime-juicer + -y entry 4

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Dictionary Entries near limey

limewash

limewater

limewood

limey

lime yellow

Limia

Limicolae

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limey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of limey

US, informal + old-fashioned : a British person

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