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wooly

[woo l-ee] /ˈwʊl i/
adjective, woolier, wooliest, noun, plural woolies.
1.
Related forms
wooliness, noun

woolly

[woo l-ee] /ˈwʊl i/
adjective, woollier, woolliest.
1.
consisting of wool:
a woolly fleece.
2.
resembling wool in texture or appearance:
woolly hair.
3.
clothed or covered with wool or something resembling it:
a woolly caterpillar.
4.
Botany. covered with a pubescence of long, soft hairs resembling wool.
5.
like the rough, vigorous atmosphere of the early West in America:
wild and woolly.
6.
fuzzy; unclear; disorganized:
woolly thinking.
noun, plural woollies.
7.
Western U.S. a wool-bearing animal; sheep.
8.
Usually, woollies. a knitted undergarment of wool or other fiber.
9.
any woolen garment, as a sweater.
10.
Dialect. a dust ball.
Origin of woolly
1580-1590
1580-90; wool + -y1
Related forms
woolliness, noun
Regional variation note
10. See dust ball.
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British Dictionary definitions for woolies

woolly

/ˈwʊlɪ/
adjective woollier, woolliest (sometimes US) woolier, wooliest
1.
consisting of, resembling, or having the nature of wool
2.
covered or clothed in wool or something resembling it
3.
lacking clarity or substance: woolly thinking
4.
(botany) covered with long soft whitish hairs: woolly stems
5.
(US) recalling the rough and lawless period of the early West of America (esp in the phrase wild and woolly)
noun (pl) woollies, (sometimes US) woolies
6.
(often pl) a garment, such as a sweater, made of wool or something similar
7.
(Western US & Austral) (usually pl) an informal word for sheep
Derived Forms
woollily, adverb
woolliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for woolies

wooly

adj.

also woolly, 1570s, "resembling or made of wool," from wool + -y (2). Meaning "barbarous, rude" is recorded 1891, from wild and wooly (1884) applied to the U.S. western frontier, perhaps in reference to range steers or to unkempt cowboys.

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Slang definitions & phrases for woolies

wool hat

noun phrase

A rural person; a bumpkin; redneck (1828+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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