Etymology. From Scots peely-wally. peely-wally (not comparable) peely- wally (comparative mair peely-wally, superlative maist peely-wally). Peely-wally definition: off colour ; pale and ill-looking | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples.
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Wherever it came from, peelie became duplicated during the nineteenth century to make peely-wally. Ever wondered what kids get up to across the globe during their days A link to our Ko-Fi page. World Wide Words tries to record at least a part of this shifting wordscape by featuring new words, word histories, words in the news, and the curiosities of native English speech. Dad old enough to know better and Daughter young enough to be a smarty pants take a look at the best and brightest children's picture books, chapter books, YA and comics and loads of other great stuff. Can I Walk Mummy? Our second Book of the Week this week is, without doubt, one of the most stunning poetry anthologies we've seen this year
Come on says she. OK OK says Rocco give itto him. Otherwise we'll become what here in Scotland is referred to as the peely-Wally no-hopers. People who are off-colour, pale and ill-looking, with no sense of hope or energy: Ye're awfy peely- wally the day. Thomas Martin Devine, Paddy Logue, Thankfully these little beauties, like us Scots on the summer beaches of Spain, arrived stripped, plump and peely-wally white.
The biggest cheer of the night came just before the 40th minute for a streaker — definitely Scottish given his peely-wally backside — and whether We know it starts life around the early years of the nineteenth century as the single word peelie for a person who is thin, gaunt or pale. Wherever it came from, peelie became duplicated during the nineteenth century to make peely-wally.
Some reference works say that the second half is a nonsense word, but others point to the Scots wally. So somebody wally-like was as pale as china.
Chambers Dictionary suggests the paleness might be that of old-fashioned dentures, which were once made of porcelain and were commonly called wallies. Select your currency from the list and click Donate.
Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about peely-wally. That one on your table looks guy peely-wally. What does that mean? I'm usually peely- wally at the end of my shift.
We have business to discuss. You look a bit peely-wally.
My Scots grandmother used to say it. Eat up your porridge This is a warm, funny story that introduces animals and food types with a fun surprise, revealed when the fantastic flaps are lifted. She sure is peely-wally. CanI givehim this piece ofbread?