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[wel-ee] /ˈwɛl i/
noun, plural wellies.


or welly

[wel-ee] /ˈwɛl i/
noun, plural wellies. Chiefly British Informal.
Usually, wellies. Wellington boot. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Those chestnuts were welly fond of each other," said Rupert, in his solemnest way, while they were cooling in the fender.

    The Christmas Fairy John Strange Winter
  • I was only just thinking, daddy, what a welly funny booful lady she were, daddy.

    At The Relton Arms Evelyn Sharp
  • "welly good" he told us it was; and very good he seemed to be making it, as he added slice after slice of cucumber to the mixture.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • An' Enoch welly blew his lips off wi' playin', I con tell thi.

    Lancashire Idylls (1898) Marshall Mather
  • He skens ill enough to crack a looking-glass, welly (well-nigh).

    Lancashire Sketches Edwin Waugh
  • It's like breaking your word, welly, for your aunt never had no thought but you'd make this your home.

    Adam Bede George Eliot
  • I've been a naughty boy, welly naughty Nanny says, 'cos I didn't say grace at tea-time.

    At The Relton Arms Evelyn Sharp
  • Elisions and contractions appear in a thousand such forms as "dunnoyo" for "do you not," "welly" for "well-nigh."

    Lancashire Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
  • Thaa's welly done for me a'ready, but I con live naa thaa's come back, if thaa'll nobbud live an' o', and live wi' me.

    Lancashire Idylls (1898) Marshall Mather
  • An' doesto know, lass, aw feel misel to be gettin' so near naa that aw can welly yer him singin'.

    Lancashire Idylls (1898) Marshall Mather
British Dictionary definitions for welly


(informal) Also called welly boot, (pl) -lies. a Wellington boot
(slang) energy, concentration, or commitment (esp in the phrase give it some welly)
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