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 limy

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

Examples of limey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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

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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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“Limey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limey. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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