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n. pl. lim·eys Slang
1. A British sailor.
2. An English person.

[Short for lime juicer (from the use of lime juice on British warships in order to prevent scurvy).]


1. a British person
2. (Nautical Terms) a British sailor or ship
[abbreviated from C19 lime-juicer, because British sailors were required to drink lime juice as a protection against scurvy]


(ˈlaɪ mi)

n., pl. -eys.
usage: This term is usually used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting, although it is sometimes used as a neutral nickname.
n. Slang: Usu. Disparaging and Offensive.
1. a British sailor.
2. an Englishman.
[1885–90; so called from the use of lime juice on British ships to prevent scurvy]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.limey - a man of English descentlimey - a man of English descent    
Englishman - a man who is a native or inhabitant of England


[ˈlaɪmɪ] N (US, Canada) (pej) → inglés/esa m/f


n (dated US inf) → Engländer(in) m(f)
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