Meaning: a derogatory word meaning a British person (n.) | British (adj.)
- My grandfather told me about being called a limey when he came to America from England when he was a boy.
- People used to make jokes about how bad limey food was.
Origin: Probably related to the fact that members of the British navy used to drink lime juice to prevent a disease called scurvy. Scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C, and citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes are an excellent source of this essential vitamin.
People used to call my grandfather a limey because he