wan, ailing.
The phrase is heard partic-ularly in the Scottish Lowlands and the north of England, but is also sometimes used by Jamaican and black British speakers. The expression may be an elaboration of 'pale' or derive from a personal nickname.
► feeling/looking a bit peely-wally

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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