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lim·​ey ˈlī-mē How to pronounce limey (audio)
plural limeys
often capitalized
slang : a British sailor
slang : englishman


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variant spelling of limy

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

Examples of limey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The canned version captures all of the peachy/limey/grapefruity refreshment in a single 87 calorie, 250 mL serve for only $2.99. Amanda Schuster, Forbes, 13 May 2021 The herbs in the soup — lemongrass, galangal, a smattering of makrut leaves — waft up and merge into a woodsy-limey perfume. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 This week’s pick is a limey, minty, bright Gruner Veltliner from the new Fifth Moon label, an offshoot of Napa’s RD Winery. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Feb. 2021
But the opening notes of limey tartness reminded me a bit of Mountain Dew. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2022 The salt forward-flavor makes this a nice contrast for limey drinks, so this is our pick to rim a margarita glass or dress a cold beer. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 16 June 2021

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Word History



lime-juicer + -y entry 4

First Known Use


1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of limey was in 1918

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“Limey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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