Filly Fil"ly, n.; pl. {Fillies}. [Cf. Icel. fylia, fr. foli foal. See {Foal}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A female foal or colt; a young mare. Cf. {Colt}, {Foal}. [1913 Webster]

Neighing in likeness of a filly foal. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A lively, spirited young girl. [Colloq.] --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • filly — noun (plural fillies) Etymology: Middle English fyly, from Old Norse fylja; akin to Old English fola foal Date: 15th century 1. a young female horse usually of less than four years 2. a young woman ; girl …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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