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

Examples of wellie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the first image from the production, which kicked off on May 13 in the South England, he can be seen holding forth on what appears to be a farm, clad in wellies (rain boots) with a serious express on his face. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 20 May 2024 Of course, spring shower season is imminent, so now would be a good idea to pick up some waterproof wellies like the Hunter Women's Waterproof Commando Chelsea Boots and Ugg Women's Droplet Mid Rain Boots. Aly Walansky, Travel + Leisure, 15 Mar. 2024 Fortunately for the fashion-conscious, waterproof boots don’t need to look like Paddington Bear's yellow wellies. Kelsey Glennon, Travel + Leisure, 11 Nov. 2023 Iconic early aughts fashion moment involving the British super model, a pair of wellies, and mud, at R13. Laia Garcia-Furtado, Vogue, 17 Oct. 2023 For Ciara, that includes mixing Kate Moss-esque wellies with Gap’s newest floral hoodies and maxi dresses. Faran Krentcil, ELLE, 4 Aug. 2023 The classic, $175 tall rain wellies became the chicest boots to wear either while tromping through a muddy music festival or just splashing through puddles in a rainstorm. BostonGlobe.com, 20 June 2023 Shoes were fuzzy with foxtails for heels and delicate leather straps, balancing hard and soft with ease, or took the form of otherwise simple wellies or furry chukkas in yellows and tans. Kevin Leblanc, ELLE, 21 Feb. 2023 There were wellies and chunky Hush Puppies-like shoes and pumps with the foot floating like a raft on a shearling sole (continuing a trend for fuzzy feet that began in New York). Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2023

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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 16 Jun. 2024.

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