filly

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n filly a young female horse under the age of four
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Filly (Zoöl) A female foal or colt; a young mare. Cf. Colt Foal. "Neighing in likeness of a filly foal."
    • Filly A lively, spirited young girl.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n filly A female colt or foal; a young mare.
    • n filly A young woman; a lively, hoydenish, or wanton girl.
    • n filly Synonyms Colt, etc. See pony.
    • filly To foal, as a mare.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Filly fil′i a young mare: a lively, wanton girl.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. fylia, fr,. foli, foal. See Foal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dim. of foal.

Usage

In literature:

My filly can give a land-yard in a mile to Tom Faggus and his Winnie.
"Slain By The Doones" by R. D. Blackmore
Why, even that thar leetle filly of our'n, though she hedn't been fairly bruk ter the plough, war mightily missed.
"'way Down In Lonesome Cove" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
Why, he'd ruther hold hands by moonlight with some old Maria mule than to set up by lamplight with a thoroughbred filly.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
She'll go right to cleanin' that calico filly, Zaraza, an' never think a mite about her clean clothes.
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
On seeing the intrepid girl, he reined in his roan chestnut-spotted filly.
"Terribly Intimate Portraits" by Noël Coward
But that boy yonder ain't no kin to the filly he's tryin' to ride.
"Aunt Jane of Kentucky" by Eliza Calvert Hall
He says it's a two-year-old filly that he thinks the world of.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
A man who lives in a hotel doesn't seem as though he were married and that's good for the filly.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
Those other fillies have been brought up in loose boxes.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
I likes ter see a woman thet kin toss her head like a fractious filly.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
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In poetry:

Not girls-pearls,
fillies fine and gorgeous,
the joy of whoever saw their face
and I loved both of them.
"One, Two" by Hayyim Nahman Bialik
Wild filly from the mountain-side,
Doomed to the close and chafing thills,
Lend me thy long, untiring stride
To seek with thee thy western hills!
"Spring Has Come" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Where the gray colts and the ten-year-old fillies,
Saturday's triumph and joy?
Gone, like our friend (--Greek--) Achilles,
Homer's ferocious old boy.
"Questions And Answers" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"The filly's failing fast," thought Jack; "she's
nothing but a weed,
It’s a certainty she can't keep long in front.
I'll make a splendid target, if he likes to draw a
bead, As I try to cross the river on the punt."
"Jack Corrigan" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Local filly races to victory.
2008 Bay Filly Rockport Harbor.
Witty (left) outfinished Carlsbad in a duel between undefeated fillies in the Railbird Stakes.
Red Dog ' aims high with three-year-old filly On Fire Baby.
Owner Anita Cauley's homebred gray filly has been on the receiving end of much confidence sent her way by trainer Gary " Red Dog " Hartiage.
Red Dog' aims high with three-year-old filly On Fire Baby.
Owner Anita Cauley's homebred gray filly has been on the receiving end of much confidence sent her way by trainer Gary "Red Dog" Hartiage.
2010 Bay Filly Kitten's Joy.
Silver Screamer , the 9-5 favorite, held off Limonar by 1 3/4 lengths on Thursday in the $74,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.
The 4-year-old gray filly improved to 5-3-1 in 11 starts.
Biofuel dominated seven rival 3-year-old fillies in the $247,870 Selene Stakes (Can-III) with a two-length victory at Woodbine Sept 26 (VIDEO).
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr.
Quebrada Shiner , the 5-2 favorite, beat Vanishing Grey by 112 lengths on Wednesday in the $60,000 Jazzy Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.
27-1 Perfect Shirl Stuns Filly & Mare Turf.
Perfect Shirl (left) comes running late to upset the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
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In science:

Filli ˆatre, “Verifying two lines of C with Why3: an exercise in program verification,” in VSTTE, ser.
What Good Are Strong Specifications?
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