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[wey-lee] /ˈweɪ li/
adjective, Scot.
fine; splendid.
Origin of wally
1490-1500; wale2 + -y1 Unabridged
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  • Old wally was afield too; but, so far as I could read from the woods' record, he fared no better than I on the trail of the buck.

    Secret of the Woods William J. Long
  • wally straightened up with a fresh chunk of cake in his hand.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • wally perceived that he was being pushed away from the main point, and jostled his way back to it.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • wally and Jack were sliding their chairs back from the table preparing to follow him.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • wally took a huge bite out of a scone, and surveyed the relic with interest.

    A Little Bush Maid Mary Grant Bruce
British Dictionary definitions for wally


adjective (Scot, archaic)
fine, pleasing, or splendid
robust or strong
Word Origin
C16: of obscure origin


adjective (Central Scot, dialect)
made of china: a wally dug, a wally vase
lined with ceramic tiles: a wally close
See also wallies
Word Origin
from obsolete dialect wallow faded, adjectival use of wallow to fade, from Old English wealwian


noun (pl) -lies
(slang) a stupid person
Word Origin
C20: shortened form of the given name Walter
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Word Origin and History for wally

term of admiration, Scottish, early 16c., of unknown origin. As a masc. proper name, a diminutive of Walter, and this might be the source of the teen slang term "unfashionable person" (1969).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for wally



Extreme; large: walloping amount of chili

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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