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Etymology 1[edit]


  • (UK) IPA(key): /wɒli/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒli


wally (plural wallies)

  1. (Britain, slang) A fool.
    • 2014, Richard Newsome, The House of Puzzles (page 111)
      'Don't be such a wally,' Ruby said. 'Felicity is way smarter than you could ever hope to be.'
  2. (colloquial, London and Essex) A large pickled gherkin or cucumber.
    • 2003, Charles Campion, The Rough Guide to London Restaurants (page 215)
      Mushy peas (£1.40) are ... mushy, and wallies (45p) – pickled gherkins to you – come sliced and prettily served in the shape of a flower.

Etymology 2[edit]


wally (not comparable)

  1. (Of eyes) unusually pale; misaligned, sideways-looking, affected by strabismus.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1943, Chapter XI, p. 179, [1]
      [] one of his eyes was wally, a condition common among the natives of the land. (Here the first meaning is intended, as indicated later in the text:) [] turned his one black eye on the kindly man [] (p. 183)
    • 2007, www.urbandictionary.com, [2]
      You are freaking me out with your wally eye. One of your eyes is doing its own thing.

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Etymology 3[edit]



  1. (colloquial, obsolete, Essex) Alternative pronunciation (and hence spelling) of value
    • 1880, Sabine Baring-Gould, Mehalah: a story of the salt marshes
      Let them that wallys the sheep watch 'em.