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brolly

[ brol-ee ]
/ ˈbrɒl i /
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noun, plural brol·lies. British Informal.

an umbrella.

RELATED WORDS

shade, canopy, sunshade, gamp, shelter, screen, guard, parasol, bumbershoot, protect

Nearby words

broker-dealer, brokerage, brokered convention, broking, brolga, brolly, brom-, bromal, bromance, bromantic, bromate

Origin of brolly

1870–75; alteration of (um)brell(a) + -y2
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Examples from the Web for brolly

  • 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

brolly

/ (ˈbrɒlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

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

brolly


n.

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

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