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wooly

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