Definition of peely-wally in English:


(also peely-wallie)

Pronunciation /ˌpiːlɪˈwali/ /ˈpiːlɪwɒli/


  • Pale and sickly in appearance.

    ‘his face assumes a peely-wally hue’
    • ‘Among a sea of peely-wally politicians at their HQ on Edinburgh's George IV Bridge Tommy stands out like a peacock among penguins.’
    • ‘So, as he exposes his Caledonian features to California's burning rays, he'll be enabling some more movie types to put a peely-wally face to a name.’
    • ‘That's prim as in a sea of peely-wally, defiantly untoned flesh.’
    • ‘A cloudless sky allowed a hearty sun to toast our peely-wally skin when we stopped in Glencoe for our picnic.’
    • ‘It's quite disheartening for a peely-wally Scot, but it sure is easy on the eye.’
    white, pallid, pasty, pasty-faced, wan, colourless, anaemic, bloodless, washed out, peaky, peakish, ashen, ashen-faced, ashy, chalky, chalk white, grey, whitish, white-faced, whey-faced, waxen, waxy, blanched, drained, pinched, green, ghastly, sickly, sallow, as white as a sheet, as white as a ghost, deathly pale, cadaverous, corpse-like, looking as if one had seen a ghost


Mid 19th century probably imitative of a whining sound.



/ˌpiːlɪˈwali/ /ˈpiːlɪwɒli/