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willy-nilly

[wil-ee-nil-ee] /ˈwɪl iˈnɪl i/
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
1600-1610
1600-10; from the phrase will ye, nill ye. See will1, nill
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British Dictionary definitions for willynilly

willy-nilly

/ˌwɪlɪˈnɪlɪ/
adverb
1.
whether desired or not
2.
haphazardly
adjective
3.
occurring or taking place whether desired or not
4.
occurring haphazardly
Word Origin
Old English wile hē, nyle hē, literally: will he or will he not; nyle, from ne not + willan to will1
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Word Origin and History for willynilly

willy-nilly

c.1600, contraction of will I, nill I, or will he, nill he, or will ye, nill ye, literally "with or without the will of the person concerned." See nill + will (v.).

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