wel·​lie ˈwe-lē How to pronounce wellie (audio)
variants or welly
plural wellies
often capitalized
chiefly British
: wellington
usually used in plural

Example Sentences

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, 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, 2 Mar. 2020 George wore a pair of navy blue wellies (and a grin, ear to ear). Vogue, 28 Mar. 2019 The family are all wearing sweaters and jeans—Prince George even donned a pair of wellies. Vogue, 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, 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, 14 Dec. 2018 Footwear included transparent rubber wellies that showcased a new line of Dior socks. Roxanne Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter, 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, 9 May 2019 See More

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Word History


by shortening & alteration

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wellie was in 1961

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“Wellie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wellie. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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