willy nilly

willy-nilly

[wil-ee-nil-ee]
adverb
1.
in a disorganized or unplanned manner; sloppily.
2.
whether one wishes to or not; willingly or unwillingly: He'll have to do it willy-nilly.
adjective
3.
shilly-shallying; vacillating.
4.
disorganized, unplanned; sloppy: willy-nilly work.

Origin:
1600–10; from the phrase will ye, nill ye. See will1, nill

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willy-nilly (ˌwɪlɪˈnɪlɪ)
 
adv
1.  whether desired or not
2.  haphazardly
 
adj
3.  occurring or taking place whether desired or not
4.  occurring haphazardly
 
[Old English wile hē, nyle hē, literally: will he or will he not; nyle, from ne not + willan to will1]

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willy-nilly
1608, contraction of will I, nill I, or will he, nill he, or will ye, nill ye, lit. "with or without the will of the person concerned." The nill is from O.E. nyllan, from ne "no" (see no) + *willan "will" (v.). Latin expressed a similar idea in nolens volens.
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