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noun, plural brol·lies. British Informal.
  1. an umbrella.
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Origin of brolly

1870–75; alteration of (um)brell(a) + -y2
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  • An' I nearly broke Beetle's brolly plantin' her where she would blossom!

    Stalky & Co.

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Parties are wonderful partial to prodding with brolly or walking-stick, ah yes, and rifles.

British Dictionary definitions for brolly


noun plural -lies
  1. an informal Brit name for umbrella (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for brolly


British slang, "umbrella," by 1866, a clipped and shortened form of umbrella.

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