brolly

[brol-ee]
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Origin of brolly

1870–75; alteration of (um)brell(a) + -y2
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brolly

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

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

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