Telly vs Tilly - What's the difference?

telly | tilly |

As nouns the difference between telly and tilly

is that telly is television while tilly is .

As a proper noun tilly is

or tilly can be .




  • Television
  • Not much on telly tonight, as usual!
  • A television set
  • We've got a new, flat-screen telly .

    Derived terms

    * telly tennis

    Usage notes

    The plural is not used in the US.


    * tube (US), TV, tele (UK, rare)



    Etymology 1

    (etyl) .


  • (Ireland) An extra product given to a customer at no additional charge; a lagniappe.
  • * 1855 , Legends of mount Leinster, by Harry Whitney :
  • Myles:'' "Indeed your Honour may safely say so : Iwas ploughing away go myself for the snuff, and be sure to get my ' tillies .
  • * 1939 , James Joyce, 'Finnegan's Wake'':
  • A bakereen's dusind with tithe tillies to boot.
  • * 2007 , Patrick Semple, The Rector who Wouldn't Pray for Rain :
  • At each door he poured from the can into a pint measure and into the house-wife's jug, always with a tilly for the cat, whether there was a cat or not, sometimes splashing the step with milk to the annoyance of the housewife.
    * lagniappe (America), pasella (South Africa)

    Etymology 2

    From WWII British Army usage , from utility.

    Alternative forms

    * Tilly


  • (UK) A small open-backed truck.
  • * 1978 , (Ada F Kay) (A. J. Stewart), Died 1513-born 1929'' / ''King's Memory , page 83:
  • After a fortnight's careful nursing my leg healed and I was packed off in a tilly (utility truck) with my kit-bag to join my comrades at Fairmilehead.
  • * 1980 , Once Upon a Ward: V.A.D.s' Own Stories and Pictures , page 119:
  • One night soon after our arrival in Belgium, four of us set off to a dance in a rest centre, behind the lines, for the forces. We drove across a snowy waste in a tilly truck, singing "Lilly Marlene".
    * (small truck) ute (Australia)

    Etymology 3

    From .


    (en adjective)
  • Containing (l) (unsorted glacial sediment).