from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Wellington boot.
  • n. Force on a pedal or increase to any fuel or power for an engine or motor.
  • n. Force or effort.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Well-nigh; very nearly; almost.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Gordon by contrast, gasped at the bouquets and air kisses he got for standing “Calmly” in welly boots.

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  • This guy was there to whip up excitement about various events going on, such as welly tossing, and telling us when someone had won a prize in the many little raffles going on.

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  • Thomas Vermaelen dinks the ball over the top for Thierry Henry to poke home on the volley, but there's too much welly on his chipped pass, which makes it easy for Milan keeper Abiati to gather.64 min: Another corner for Arsenal, after some slack defending from Thiago Silva earns him a shake of the head from Abiati.

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  • It has shaken off a reputation as a staid brand, loved by the green welly brigade, to become the maker of fashionable bags that young celebrities such as Chung and Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton are happy to tote.

    Mulberry bags reports sales rise of 80%

  • Applause and even some cheers resound around the ground as Eduardo arrives at speed to welly a nice half-volley into the net from 15 yards!

    Arsenal v Shakhtar Donetsk – as it happened

  • Its population is apparently split between creative bohemians and moneyed green-welly-ites.

    Spending review 2010: living with the cuts

  • The ukulele is a great leveller; I'd love to see George Osborne and his team at the Treasury giving it some welly to Teenage Kicks.

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  • Ah, and this is the new style I've heard so much about – big welly from Jaaskelainen, flick-on from Davies, first-time shot from Elmander wide of the near post.

    Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City - as it happened

  • It has to be said that not all of Angelica Lost and Found makes perfect sense, and I do wish Hoban had packed a bit more welly into the ending, but these things matter less because he's asking, very entertainingly, deeper questions about belief and reality, about storytelling and the nature of life.

    Angelica Lost and Found by Russell Hoban - review

  • Pastore tries to pick out Di Maria with a pass, but puts too much welly on the ball.

    Argentina 1-0 Brazil - as it happened


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