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[wey-lee] /ˈweɪ li/
adjective, Scot.
fine; splendid.
Origin of wally
First recorded in 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
  • If Barcelona has such notions, wally Wilson would know about it.

    The Big Fix George Oliver Smith
  • 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
  • “They ought to be pretty civil to us this term, anyhow,” said wally.

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth Talbot Baines Reed
  • 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



  1. Stupid person; moron
  2. An awkward person; klutz
  3. An unfashionable person: The Arnolds call anyone who wears conventional clothes, a Wally
  4. The penis; dork, prick: No wonder men are in awe of their wallies. First thing in the morning, a penis is a pretty magnificent sight

[1990s+ Students fr British rock groups; origin unknown; perhaps fr the nickname for Walter or Wallace, suggesting, as Clyde does, someone like a wally; perhaps, improbably, fr British wally, ''pickle''; wally in current senses appears to be borrowed from British use; however, it is attested in the US in the early 1900s meaning ''A small-town sport,'' and in 1915–22 in college (Bryn Mawr) and flapper slang meaning ''a goof with patent-leather hair'']

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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