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or wooly

[woo l-ee] /ˈwʊl i/
adjective, woollier, woolliest.
consisting of wool:
a woolly fleece.
resembling wool in texture or appearance:
woolly hair.
clothed or covered with wool or something resembling it:
a woolly caterpillar.
Botany. covered with a pubescence of long, soft hairs resembling wool.
like the rough, vigorous atmosphere of the early West in America:
wild and woolly.
fuzzy; unclear; disorganized:
woolly thinking.
noun, plural woollies.
Western U.S. a wool-bearing animal; sheep.
Usually, woollies. a knitted undergarment of wool or other fiber.
any woolen garment, as a sweater.
Dialect. a dust ball.
Origin of woolly
1580-90; wool + -y1
Related forms
woolliness, noun
Regional variation note
10. See dust ball. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for woolly
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  • She seized the woolly dog by the scruff of the neck and deposited it in her lap.

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels Mrs. Charles Bryce
  • Their hair was black or brown, short and curly, but not so soft or woolly as that of a negro.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • It was a very dark brown or black colour, wavy or almost straight and sometimes curly, never "woolly."

    Man, Past and Present Agustus Henry Keane
  • "You look just like a woolly worm, Helen," said Zaidee, gleefully.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • When he first came inter the settlement, he was a pretty good justis, but he was as woolly as a sheep now.

British Dictionary definitions for woolly


adjective woollier, woolliest (sometimes US) woolier, wooliest
consisting of, resembling, or having the nature of wool
covered or clothed in wool or something resembling it
lacking clarity or substance: woolly thinking
(botany) covered with long soft whitish hairs: woolly stems
(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
(often pl) a garment, such as a sweater, made of wool or something similar
(Western US & Austral) (usually pl) an informal word for sheep
Derived Forms
woollily, adverb
woolliness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for woolly

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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