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welly

[wel-ee] /ˈwɛl i/
noun, plural wellies.
1.

wellie

or welly

[wel-ee] /ˈwɛl i/
noun, plural wellies. Chiefly British Informal.
1.
Usually, wellies. Wellington boot.
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Examples from the Web for welly
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  • He skens ill enough to crack a looking-glass, welly (well-nigh).

    Lancashire Sketches

    Edwin Waugh
  • I was only just thinking, daddy, what a welly funny booful lady she were, daddy.

    At The Relton Arms Evelyn Sharp
  • An' Enoch welly blew his lips off wi' playin', I con tell thi.

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

welly

/ˈwɛlɪ/
noun
1.
(informal) Also called welly boot, (pl) -lies. a Wellington boot
2.
(slang) energy, concentration, or commitment (esp in the phrase give it some welly)
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