noun Etymology: from the use of lime juice on British ships as a beverage to prevent scurvy Date: 1859 1. slang Englishman 2. slang a. a British ship b. a British sailor

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  • lime-juicer — see LIMEY (Cf. Limey) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lime-juicer — ˈlīmˌjüsə(r) noun Etymology: lime juice (noun phrase, from lime (VI) + juice) + er; from the use of lime juice on British ships as a beverage to prevent scurvy 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • lime-juicer — lime juic·er …   English syllables

  • lime-juicer — /luym jooh seuhr/, n. Slang. 1. a British person. 2. a British sailor. [1855 60; so called because British sailors were required by law to drink lime juice to ward off scurvy] * * * …   Universalium

  • lime-juicer — /ˈlaɪm dʒusə/ (say luym joohsuh) noun Obsolete Colloquial 1. an English person, especially a recent immigrant. 2. a. a British ship. b. a British sailor. Also, limey …   Australian English dictionary

  • limey — (n.) 1888, Australian, New Zealand, and South African slang for English immigrant; U.S. use is attested from 1918, originally British sailor, British warship, short for lime juicer (1857), in derisive reference to the British Navy s policy (begun …   Etymology dictionary

  • Alternative words for British — There are many alternative ways to describe the people of the United Kingdom (UK), though the official designated nationality is British. The standard noun is Briton (see also demonym), but in colloquial usage this is often abbreviated informally …   Wikipedia

  • Limehouse — /luym hows /, n. a dock district in the East End of London, England, once notorious for its squalor: formerly a Chinese quarter. * * * ▪ neighbourhood, Tower Hamlets, London, United Kingdom       neighbourhood in the borough of Tower Hamlets in… …   Universalium

  • Alternative names for the British — This article is about terms applied to people, some of which are controversial. For a discussion of the overlapping terms for states/countries/nations in the United Kingdom and Ireland, see British Isles (terminology). Alternative names for the… …   Wikipedia

  • limey — li|mey [ˈlaımi] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: lime juicer British sailor (19 20 centuries); because lime juice was drunk to prevent the disease scurvy in the British navy] AmE old fashioned a slightly insulting word for someone from Britain …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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