Posted by James Briggs on June 27, 2003
In Reply to: Squirely posted by R. Berg on June 27, 2003
: : Does anyone know what the term "squirely" really means and where it came from? Thanks!
: Are you thinking of "squirrelly," meaning like a squirrel? It describes someone who's ditzy, scatterbrained, flaky. Squirrels run around a lot and often change direction.That's my guess about where it came from.
It could mean 'acting like a squire'. Squires were local dignitaries in 18th century England, usually the most prosperous and influential person below the nobility.