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

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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 The characters are all wearing rubber wellie boots (hence the name) and love playing outside; their books have prominent outdoors settings and one of the accessories is their little playhouse. Kaitlin Menza, Good Housekeeping, "Exclusive: American Girl Just Released an Adorable New Doll Line," 15 June 2016 They’re pictured sitting on a giant tree branch, the duke and duchess dressed down in jeans while George wears wellies and Charlotte, a navy blue cardigan. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Is Designing an Amazing Garden," 11 Feb. 2019 That’s where wellies come in, which were invented by the British, who know a thing or two about rain. Shelby Deering, USA TODAY, "10 reasons to look forward to the rainy days of spring," 26 Mar. 2018 Even in the rain or snow, locals put on their wellies, rally their dogs, and go for long walks in the serene mountains and pastures. Alyson Krueger, Vogue, "Whiskey, Cashmere, and Castles: A Guide to Speyside, Scotland," 27 Jan. 2018 Continuing the plastic theme, the singer proved that rain shoes needn’t be wellies in straight-from-the-runway spring 2018 Off-White heels with transparent galosh-like outer sleeves. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Rihanna Already Has a Leg Up on Next Spring’s Hottest Look," 19 Oct. 2017 Where his peers have explored hiking gear and outdoorsy themes, Simons aimed straight at rain gear, with wellies, macs, and some very neon umbrellas. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Raf Simons Takes Over Chinatown With Rain Gear and Replicants," 12 July 2017

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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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