lolly

n
British
money. A well-established, light-hearted word which was popular in the 1950s and 1960s and enjoyed a revival, significantly, in the 'Thatcher years' (the mid- and late 1980s), when many obsolescent euphemisms for money had received a new lease of life. It is said to originate in the Romany word loli, meaning red, used by gypsies to mean copper coins, and hence money in general. It is perhaps easier to derive the word from lolly, meaning sweet or candy, which itself originated in dialect with the meaning of tongue. (The sense of lollipop is later.)
► Lots of lovely lolly - that's what we want.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • lolly — 1854, short for LOLLIPOP (Cf. lollipop). In 20c. British slang, also money …   Etymology dictionary

  • lolly — ► NOUN (pl. lollies) informal 1) chiefly Brit. a lollipop. 2) Austral./NZ a boiled sweet. 3) Brit. money …   English terms dictionary

  • lolly — [lä′lē] n. pl. lollies [contr. < LOLLYPOP] [Brit. Slang] Brit. Slang 1. money 2. piece of hard candy …   English World dictionary

  • lolly — pene; miembro sexual masculino; se escribe tambien loly ; cf. pico, pequén, pichula, penca, cochayuyo, diuca, pirulo, tula, aparato, pelado, Pepito, como el lolly; se sacó los calzoncillos y tenía un ma …   Diccionario de chileno actual

  • lolly — UK [ˈlɒlɪ] / US [ˈlɑlɪ] noun Word forms lolly : singular lolly plural lollies British 1) [countable] an ice lolly 2) [countable] a lollipop 3) [uncountable] informal an old fashioned word for money …   English dictionary

  • lolly — [[t]lɒ̱li[/t]] lollies N COUNT A lolly is the same as a lollipop. [mainly BRIT] → See also ice lolly …   English dictionary

  • lolly — /lol ee/, n., pl. lollies. 1. lollipop. 2. Brit. Informal. a. a piece of candy, esp. hard candy. b. a treat. c. a small bribe or gratuity. d. money. 3. do one s lolly, Australian Slang. to lose one s temper. [1765 75; shortening of LOLLYPOP] * *… …   Universalium

  • lolly — lol|ly [ˈlɔli US ˈla:li] n plural lollies BrE informal [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: lollipop] 1.) frozen juice or ice cream on a stick = ↑ice lolly 2.) a hard sweet made of boiled sugar on a stick = ↑lollipop …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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