- a soft, partially transparent, semisolid food resulting from the cooling of fruit juice boiled with sugar, or of meat juice cooked down
- any substance like this; gelatinous substance
Origin of jellyMiddle English gely from Old French gelée, a frost, jelly from feminine past participle of geler from Classical Latin gelare, to freeze: see gelatin
transitive verb-·lied, -·ly·ing
- to make into jelly
- to coat, fill, or serve with jelly
- A soft, semisolid food substance with a resilient consistency, made by the setting of a liquid containing pectin or gelatin or by the addition of gelatin to a liquid, especially such a substance made of fruit juice containing pectin boiled with sugar.
- Something, such as a petroleum ointment, having the consistency of a soft, semisolid food substance.
- A shapeless, pulpy mass: The hero's laser zapped the monster, turning it to jelly.
- Something, such as a body part, that has suddenly become limp or enervated: Her knees turned to jelly when she learned she won first prize.
- A jellyfish.
- A jelly sandal.
verbjel·lied, jel·ly·ing, jel·lies
Origin of jellyMiddle English gelee from Old French from Vulgar Latin gelāta from Latin feminine past participle of gelāre to freeze ; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural jellies)
- (New Zealand, Australia, UK) A dessert made by boiling gelatine, sugar and some flavouring (often derived from fruit) and allowing it to set
- A clear or translucent fruit preserve, made from fruit juice and set using either naturally occurring, or added, pectin
- A similar dish made with meat.
- calf's-foot jelly
- (zoology) Short for jellyfish.
- (slang, now rare) A pretty girl; a girlfriend.
- (US, slang) A large backside, especially a woman's.
- (colloquial) Short for gelignite.
- (colloquial) A jelly shoe.
(third-person singular simple present jellies, present participle jellying, simple past and past participle jellied)
- To wiggle like jelly.
- To make jelly.
(comparative more jelly, superlative most jelly)
- (slang) Jealous.
From jealous by shortening.