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  1. congealed or brought to the consistency of jelly: jellied consommé.
  2. containing or spread over with jelly or syrup.
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Origin of jellied

First recorded in 1585–95; jelly + -ed2
Related formsun·jel·lied, adjective


noun, plural jel·lies.
  1. a food preparation of a soft, elastic consistency due to the presence of gelatin, pectin, etc., especially fruit juice boiled down with sugar and used as a sweet spread for bread and toast, as a filling for cakes or doughnuts, etc.
  2. any substance having the consistency of jelly.
  3. Chiefly British. a fruit-flavored gelatin dessert.
  4. a plastic sandal or shoe.
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verb (used with or without object), jel·lied, jel·ly·ing.
  1. to bring or come to the consistency of jelly.
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  1. containing or made, spread, or topped with jelly or syrup; jellied: jelly apples.
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Origin of jelly

1350–1400; Middle English gely < Old French gelee frozen jelly < Medieval Latin gelāta frozen, equivalent to Latin gel- freeze + -āta -ate1; cf. gel, cold
Related formsjel·ly·like, adjective
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Related Words for jellied

heavy, impenetrable, opaque, stiff, deep, gooey, syrupy, materialize, crystallize, slow, slacken, wane, trail, decrease, falter, diminish, fail, fix, strengthen, reinforce

Examples from the Web for jellied

Historical Examples of jellied

  • Liquid bouillon,—not jellied,—should be drunk from the bouillon cup.

    The Etiquette of To-day

    Edith B. Ordway

  • When soup has jellied in the pan, it should not be removed into another.

  • I faced them all with a gambler's composure but behind my mask I was jellied with fear.

  • When it has jellied, measure the jelly, and reheat with an equal amount of cream.

  • When mixture is jellied turn into freezer, as any ice cream.

    Dietetics for Nurses

    Fairfax T. Proudfit

British Dictionary definitions for jellied


  1. congealed into jelly, esp by cooling
  2. containing, set in, or coated with jelly
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noun plural -lies
  1. a fruit-flavoured clear dessert set with gelatineUS and Canadian trademark: Jell-o
  2. a preserve made from the juice of fruit boiled with sugar and used as jam
  3. a savoury food preparation set with gelatine or with a strong gelatinous stock and having a soft elastic consistencycalf's-foot jelly
  4. anything having the consistency of jelly
  5. informal a coloured gelatine filter that can be fitted in front of a stage or studio light
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verb -lies, -lying or -lied
  1. to jellify
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Derived Formsjelly-like, adjective

Word Origin for jelly

C14: from Old French gelee frost, jelly, from geler to set hard, from Latin gelāre, from gelu frost


  1. British a slang name for gelignite
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Word Origin and History for jellied


1590s, past participle adjective from jelly (v.).

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late 14c., from Old French gelee "a frost; jelly," noun use of fem. past participle of geler "congeal," from Latin gelare "to freeze," from gelu "frost" (see cold (adj.)).

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c.1600, from jelly (n.). Related: Jellied; jellying.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

jellied in Medicine


  1. A semisolid resilient substance usually containing some form of gelatin in solution.
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