Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Gill (Harry).

 Gill (g soft) or Jill.Gills (g hard). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.   1
“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.

 Gill (g soft) or Jill.Gills (g hard). 


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