noun, often capitalized
wel·​lie | \ ˈwe-lē How to pronounce wellie (audio) \
variants: or welly
plural wellies

Definition of wellie

chiefly British
: wellington usually used in plural

Examples of wellie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here are three styles of wellies that will keep your feet dry and fully supported when the creek rises. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Features You Need in Your Next Pair of Waterproof Boots," 12 May 2020 Some models — not all were professionals; some were musicians, students, bike messengers, artists, of all ages — got wellies, some got waders, most got neither, and got wet. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "It’s the End of the World as We Know It," 2 Mar. 2020 George wore a pair of navy blue wellies (and a grin, ear to ear). Vogue, "Will This Be Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s New After-School Activity?," 28 Mar. 2019 The family are all wearing sweaters and jeans—Prince George even donned a pair of wellies. Vogue, "The Cambridge Kids Are Adorable In Their Newly-Released Christmas Card," 25 Dec. 2019 There are sturdy orchids that grow from swamps and would seem to enjoy long meandering walks through the countryside in tweed and green wellies. Katy Kelleher, Longreads, "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Orchids," 9 Oct. 2019 The eldest Cambridge sibling—dressed in a sweater, blue pants, and little wellies—goofily poses on a tree branch while holding onto his dad's shoulders. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis Steal the Show in the Royal Family Christmas Card," 14 Dec. 2018 Footwear included transparent rubber wellies that showcased a new line of Dior socks. Roxanne Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside the Red Carpet-Ready Dior Spring Men's Show," 22 June 2019 Instead, the queen donned a pair of wellies, a hooded olive raincoat, and one of her signature silk headscarves and headed out to watch the events and chat with fellow equine fans. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "No One Looks Happier Sitting in the Rain Than Queen Elizabeth at a Horse Show," 9 May 2019

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First Known Use of wellie

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wellie

by shortening & alteration

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“Wellie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wellie. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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