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wally

[wey-lee]
adjective Scot.
  1. fine; splendid.
  2. strong.
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Origin of wally

First recorded in 1490–1500; wale2 + -y1
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Contemporary Examples of wally

Historical Examples of wally

  • Wally straightened up with a fresh chunk of cake in his hand.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Wally and Jack hurried in from the kitchen and made for the doorway where he stood.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Wally, coming again alongside, turned his head, and regarded him attentively.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • "I wish dad wasn't so—" began Wally moodily, and let it go at that.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Wally and Jack were sliding their chairs back from the table preparing to follow him.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower


British Dictionary definitions for wally

wally

1
adjective Scot archaic
  1. fine, pleasing, or splendid
  2. robust or strong
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Word Origin for wally

C16: of obscure origin

wally

2
adjective Central Scot dialect
  1. made of chinaa wally dug; a wally vase
  2. lined with ceramic tilesa wally close
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See also wallies

Word Origin for wally

from obsolete dialect wallow faded, adjectival use of wallow to fade, from Old English wealwian

wally

3
noun plural -lies
  1. slang a stupid person
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Word Origin for wally

C20: shortened form of the given name Walter
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Word Origin and History for wally

n.

term of admiration, Scottish, early 16c., of unknown origin. As a masc. proper name, a diminutive of Walter, and this might be the source of the teen slang term "unfashionable person" (1969).

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