Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

from 1976 supplement

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JEELIE, n., v. 2. Combs. Add: jeelie bettie, a crab in spawn (Kcd. 1964); jeely-eater, a nickname for a native of Alexandria in the Vale of Leven (Dmb. 1975), said to be so-called from the town having the only grocery store in the district in the early days of the Industrial Revolution which had its stocks of jam in great demand.

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