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JEELIE, n., v. Also jeellie, jeel(l)y, jeeley; †geely. Sc. forms of Eng. jelly. [′dʒili]

I. n. 1. Jelly, a gelatinous substance, a table jelly. Gen.Sc. Combs. jeely-heidit, “soft” in the head, stupid; jeely-wablicher, a contemptuous name for a jelly tart. See Wabble. Sc. 1825 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) l. 64:
Jeellies and coosturd, and bluemange.
Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond B. Bowden (1922) viii.:
What's the jeely-heidit ass sayin'? It'll be foo o' blethers.
Abd. 1909 R. J. MacLennan Yon Toon 71:
An' Honest, because she hed workit hard, got twa helpin's o' tapioca and jeely.
wm.Sc. 1928 J. Corrie Last Day 19:
“Ham and eggs the day again, Jock?” asked Wullie. “Aye, but bashed intae jeely as usual”, replied Jock.
Abd. 1959 Gsw. Herald (31 Jan.) 3:
They're jist a puckle jeelywablichers. Tak' up twa-three o' them, they're that easy etten.

2. Jelly, as a preserve of fruit juice and sugar. Gen.Sc.; also applied to jam or whole fruit preserve (Ork., Cai., m. and s.Sc. 1959), esp. in phr. a piece an jeelie, bread and jam (m.Sc. 1959). Ork. 1747 P. Ork. A.S. XII. 50:
11 small earthen pots for pickling of Geely.
Sc. 1834 Chambers's Jnl. (Sept.) 254:
Two of her grandchildren — fine chubby, rosy-cheeked, flaxen-haired little rogues — were receiving each a piece and jelly on't from granny.
Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) viii.:
Hoo can I haud my tongue, an' my airms stewin' amon' boilin' jeelie?
m.Sc. 1924 O. Douglas Pink Sugar xix.:
I'll try yer bramble jeely. I ken ye're a great hand at the jeely-makin'.
Slg. 1929 Scotch Readings (Paterson) 6:
I'll gie ye a cup o' tea an' a piece an' jelly.

Combs.: (1) jeelie-can, a jam-pot. Gen. (exc. ‡ne. and s.)Sc.; (2) jeelie-ja(u)r, id. (Ork., n.Sc., Ags., Lth., w. and sm.Sc., Slk. 1959); (3) jeelie-mug, id. (Ork., Rnf., Kcb. 1959); (4) jeelie pan, a (brass) pan used for making jam or jelly (Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 254). Gen.Sc.; (5) jeelie piece, = piece an' jeelie above. Gen.Sc. For fig. usage see 3.; (6) jeelie pig, = (1) (Ags. 1958). (1) Abd. 1935 M. C. Wilson Sutor's Sujaistions 41:
No beetroot! An' me wi' thirty-four jeely-cans fu' o't.
(2) Gsw. 1947 H. W. Pryde First Bk. of the McFlannels ii.:
It disnae matter if ye havenae tumblers for everybody. Jeely jaurs'll dae!
Edb. 1951 Edb. Evening News (26 Jan.):
Two youngsters proudly peering at their fishy captures in a jeely-jaur.
(4) Gsw. 1904 H. Foulis Erchie i.:
They wad get the len' o' your wife's best jeely-pan.
Sc. 1925 Scots Mag. (Jan.) 279:
Five toom cornbeef cans, an' the wifeock's braw brass jeely-pan, a' reemin' fu'.
(5) Sc. 1839 Chambers's Jnl. (19 Jan.) 410:
Ye have taken twice as much already as would have made jelly-pieces for ye.
Lth. 1849 M. Oliphant M. Maitland v.:
So I bad Jenny go ben the house, and give the bairn Willie Lightfoot a jelly piece, seeing he well deserved it.
Sc. 1897 Stevenson W. of Hermiston i.:
Kirstie had decoyed him to her room and given him “a jeely-piece”.
Dmb. 1927 J. Ferguson The Old Vale 86:
Natives of the Vale and Dumbarton in the old days were designated “jeely piece eaters”. . . . Many of the “field” employees, too, had home-made jelly between the slices of. bread they carried to the Works.
Abd. 1932 D. Campbell Bamboozled 17:
The bowlie o' milk an' the jeely-piece ye promised me.
Gsw. 1958 C. Hanley Dancing in the Streets 15:
Haw Maw! Throw doon a jeely piece!
(6) Abd. a.1909 G. Greig Folk-Song cxxxvi. 1:
O there's eely pigs, an' jeely pigs, an' pigs for haudin' butter.
Abd. 1946 J. C. Milne Orra Loon 8:
And Mains will hae mair jeely-pigs than ever he did see.

3. In jocular and slang usage: a bloody nose, “claret”. Gen. used attrib. as jeelie neb, nose (em.Sc., Ayr., Rxb.), piece (m. and s.Sc.), yin (Edb.). Cf. v., 2. Edb. 1930:
If ye say that again, I'll gie ye a jeelie piece, i.e. bleed your nose for you.
Gsw. 1953 J. J. Lavin Compass of Youth I. iii.:
Ye'd better rin up hame wi' yer messages an' get yer jeely nose cleaned.

II. v. 1. As in Eng., to set like jelly, congeal. Gen.Sc.

2. To cause (the nose) to bleed, sc. by punching it. Hence jeelier, a bloody nose (Ags.16 1948). See 3. above. Ags. 1890 A. N. Simpson Muirside Memories 126:
He sent the two ringleaders home with what was known in the village as a “jeelier” each.
Edb. 1956:
I'll jeelie your neb for ye.

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