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Monday, February 23, 2015

Definitions for brolly

  1. British Informal. an umbrella.

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Citations for brolly
There are several ways for a large-bodied young man with a blue-and-white bookmaker's brolly to get out of a small car in pelting rain. John Le Carré, The Tailor of Panama, 1996
I would get up from my chair, put on my raincoat and my straw hat, take my umbrella--my brolly--and set off on this long and lonely trek. Roald Dahl, "Galloping Foxley," Someone Like You, 1953
Origin of brolly
1870-1875
Brolly is an alteration of the word umbrella. It entered English in the late 1800s and picked up the additional sense "a parachute" in the early 1900s.