Definition of wally in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɒli/

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noun (plural wallies)

British informal
A silly or inept person: I must have looked a total wally but I didn’t care
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  • I will retrieve my rusting Raleigh Roadster from under the junk in the garden shed, wire brush it down, oil the chain, don the Lycra, strap on the bedpan helmet and look a complete wally like the rest of them.
  • I may have looked a wally charging along wearing a cycling lid and rucksack, but it didn't slow me enough not to catch the villain within a couple of blocks.
  • This are arrogant and highly naive comments from an ill-informed wally.


1960s: perhaps a shortened form of the given name Walter. There are many theories of the origin: one story tells of a Wally who became separated from companions at a 1960s pop festival; the name, announced many times over a loudspeaker, was taken up as a chant by the crowd.

  • You can say that wally, meaning ‘a silly or inept person’, is short for the name Walter, and that it was first used in the 1960s—beyond that nothing is certain. The most popular theory about its origin connects it with an incident at a pop festival where a chap called Wally became separated from his companions: his name was announced many times over the loudspeaker and was taken up as a chant by the crowd. In the 1970s hippies at gigs and festivals would certainly shout out ‘Wally!’ in an exuberant and random fashion, and there was even a rock band at the time called Wally.

Words that rhyme with wally

Barbirolli, brolly, collie, dolly, folly, golly, holly, jolly, lolly, Mollie, molly, nollie, Ollie, polly, poly, trolley, volley

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