Philadelphia (used as a nickname). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for philly

Contemporary Examples of philly

Historical Examples of philly

  • No time like the present, Philly, laddie;––no time like the present.

  • I wondered dimly when somebody would come and tell me how Philly was.

  • I'll bet this town is full of fracas buffs from as far as Philly.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • You take care of the rest of the world, Philly, but mama and I take care of you.

    The Faith Doctor

    Edward Eggleston

  • Did mama tell you what Miss Bowyer says about your case, Philly?

    The Faith Doctor

    Edward Eggleston

Word Origin and History for philly


familiar or colloquial shortening of Philadelphia, attested by 1890, but from 1858 as the popular name of a ferry boat of that name that crossed the Delaware River from the city to Camden, and a city baseball team has been the Phillies since 1883.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper