Gill

(g soft) or Jill. A generic name for a lass, a sweetheart. (A contraction of Gillian = Juliana, Julia.)

“Jack and Jill went up the hill ...”

Nursery Rhymes.

“Every Jack has got his Jill (i.e. Ilka laddie has his lassie).” —Burns.

Gill

(Harry). A farmer struck with the curse of ever shivering with cold, because he would not allow old Goody Blake to keep a few stray sticks which she had picked up to warm herself by.

Oh! what's the matter? what's the matter?
What is't that ails young Harry Gill,
That evermore his teeth they chatter,
Chatter, chatter, chatter, still? ...
No word to any man he utters,
A-bed or up, to young or old;
But ever to himself he mutters -
Poor Harry Gill is very cold.

Wordsworth: Goody Blake and Harry Gill.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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