Lillibullero

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lillibullero lil-i-bu-lē′rō the famous ballad in mockery of the Irish Catholics, which 'sung James II. out of three kingdoms.'—Also Lilliburlē′ro.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the refrain.

Usage

In literature:

Before him the drums beat Lillibullero.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
With what bitterness he's giving us 'Lillibullero,' and he scarcely able to sit on his horse!
"Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
One of the characteristics of the good old soldier is his trick of whistling 'Lillibullero.
"Among the Great Masters of Music" by Walter Rowlands
Prof. Roberts suggests the lyrics could fit the music of "Lillibullero," sometimes used for songs in dialect.
"The Harlot's Progress, The Rake's Progress" by Theophilus Cibber
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In poetry:

Don't mind if the index of sense is at zero,
Use words that run smoothly, whatever they mean;
Leander and Lilian and Lillibullero
Are much the same thing in the rhyming machine.
"A Familiar Letter" by Oliver Wendell Holmes