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willies

[wil-eez] /ˈwɪl iz/
noun, (used with a plural verb) Informal.
1.
nervousness or fright; jitters; creeps (usually preceded by the):
That horror movie gave me the willies.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism; origin obscure; cf. -s3

Willie

[wil-ee] /ˈwɪl i/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of William.
2.
a female given name.

willy

[wil-ee] /ˈwɪl i/
noun, plural willies.
1.
willow (def 4).
verb (used with object), willied, willying.
2.
to willow (cotton).
Also, willey.
Origin
1825-35; special use of dial. willy, Old English wilige basket (orig. one made of willow twigs); akin to willow
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Examples from the web for willies
  • These stories of blank contracts give me the willies in particular.
  • Two geeks in the same room for any length of time gives non-geeks the willies.
  • But still, this kind of research gives me the willies.
  • If it's his or her first one, the patient will probably get the willies.
British Dictionary definitions for willies

willies

/ˈwɪlɪz/
plural noun
1.
(slang) the willies, nervousness, jitters, or fright (esp in the phrase give (or get) the willies)
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin

willy

/ˈwɪlɪ/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) a childish or jocular term for penis
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Word Origin and History for willies
n.

1896, "spell of nervousness," perhaps from the woollies, a dialectal term for "nervous uneasiness," probably in reference to the itchiness of wool garments.

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Slang definitions & phrases for willies

willie

noun
  1. The penis; weenie •Adopted in US slang fairly recently: The notion that some small part of the cosmic order hung on our teenage willies was a heavy load for us young soldiers in St. Ignatius' Army of Christ/ The plethysmograph, basically a strain gauge wrapped around the willy, electronically registers the pulls and tugs of arousal and then draws them as jagged peaks and valleys on a line graph (1905+)
  2. Corn Willie
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Idioms and Phrases with willies

willies

see under the creeps
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