jelly

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noun

jel·​ly ˈje-lē How to pronounce jelly (audio)
plural jellies
1
: a soft somewhat elastic food product made usually with gelatin or pectin
especially : a fruit product made by boiling sugar and the juice of fruit
2
: a substance resembling jelly in consistency
3
4
: a state of fear or irresolution
5
: a shapeless structureless mass : pulp
jellylike adjective

jelly

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verb

jellied; jellying

intransitive verb

1
: jell
2
: to make jelly

transitive verb

: to bring to the consistency of jelly

jelly

3 of 3

adjective

slang
: jealous
"I'm jelly," declared Jon Osborne of Pardi's white, sparkly jacket, complete with flowers …Taylor Weatherby

Example Sentences

Noun a selection of different jellies and jams He spread some jelly on his toast. a jar of grape jelly a peanut butter and jelly sandwich a meat glaze made with stock and jelly Verb this fruit juice is taking longer to jelly than I expected See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Happy Birthday to the woman who's the peanut butter to my jelly, the sock to my shoe, the gin to my tonic. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 17 Jan. 2023 If there’s trouble to be had — say, smearing grape jelly and mustard everywhere — Alex is the one to start it, while Adrian tags along. jsonline.com, 16 Nov. 2022 If there’s trouble to be had — say, smearing grape jelly and mustard everywhere — Alex is the one to start it, while Adrian tags along. Raquel Rutledge, ProPublica, 16 Nov. 2022 Fill a pastry bag or sturdy plastic bag with the jelly. Katie Workman, Chicago Tribune, 12 Dec. 2022 Other great toppings include apricot preserves, mango chutney, sweet pepper relish and hot pepper jelly. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 12 Dec. 2022 Mitochondria are tiny satellite organs that float around in the jelly, or cytoplasm, of the cell—hundreds of thousands of them in virtually every cell in the human body. Stephen S. Hall, Wired, 11 Mar. 2021 For me, the jelly is overly sweet and the peanut butter uncomfortably mouth-coating. Mehreen Karim, Bon Appétit, 21 July 2022 Tourists swerved around the huddle of migrants massed on the sidewalk, filling outstretched shirts with peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and apples. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, 2 Nov. 2022
Verb
The depths are a swirl of tapioca, agar-agar and basil seeds like a hundred tiny eyes, jellied on the outside with a crunch within. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 24 May 2018 From here, the longest run in the region is a leg-jellying 15 kilometer, 2,000-meter descent back down to Gaislachkogl. CNN, 26 Oct. 2017 And according to TMZ, Miller will be noshing this first week on jellied toast for breakfast, hamburgers and fruit for lunch, sandwiches and wraps for dinner, and weekend meals of sloppy Joes and tacos. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, 12 July 2017 Meanwhile their neighbors engaged in a range of menial tasks, including gluing together matchbooks by hand and selling vintage snacks (jellied eel, anyone?) from street carts. Meredith Blake, latimes.com, 15 May 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English gelly, from Anglo-French gelee, from feminine of gelé, past participle of geler to freeze, congeal, from Latin gelare — more at cold

Adjective

jeal(ous) + -y entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1590, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jelly was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Jelly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jelly. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

jelly

1 of 2 noun
jel·​ly ˈjel-ē How to pronounce jelly (audio)
plural jellies
1
: a food with a soft elastic consistency due usually to gelatin or pectin
especially : a fruit product made by boiling sugar and the juice of fruit
2
: a substance resembling jelly
jellylike adjective

jelly

2 of 2 verb
jellied; jellying

Medical Definition

jelly

noun
jel·​ly ˈjel-ē How to pronounce jelly (audio)
plural jellies
1
: a soft somewhat elastic food product made usually with gelatin or pectin
especially : a fruit product made by boiling sugar and the juice of fruit
2
: a substance resembling jelly in consistency: as
a
: a transparent elastic gel
b
: a semisolid medicated or cosmetic preparation often having a gum base and usually intended for local application
ephedrine jelly
c
: a jellylike preparation used in electrocardiography to obtain better conduction of electricity
electrode jelly

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