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Etymology 1[edit]

Clipping of Wellington boot +‎ -y.


  • IPA(key): /ˈwɛli/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛli


welly (countable and uncountable, plural wellies)

  1. (countable, informal) Wellington boot.
    • 2009, Verse for Ages[1]:
      Dad has great big welly boots. For squishing in the mud; Two great big black welly boots: Thud, thud, thud.
  2. (uncountable, informal) Force on a pedal or increase to any fuel or power for an engine or motor.
  3. (uncountable, informal) Force or effort.
    Come on! Put some welly into it!
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Etymology 2[edit]

From welne, a dialectal variant of well-nigh.


welly (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete, UK, dialect) Almost; nearly.
    • 1853, Notes & Queries (volume 8, page 64)
      A person exceedingly hungry says, "I'm welly clem'd; I'm almost or well-nigh starved." It is the ordinary appeal of a beggar in the streets, when asking for food.
  • 1893, Joseph Wright, The English Dialect Dictionary (page 430).