limey

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

Definition of limey

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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

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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The first known use of limey was in 1918

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“Limey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limey. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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limey

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English Language Learners Definition of limey

US, informal + old-fashioned : a British person

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