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[goo-glee] /ˈgu gli/
noun, plural googlies. Cricket.
a bowled ball that swerves in one direction and breaks in the other.
Origin of googly
First recorded in 1900-05; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • Riley, a former fighter, sees in Cal shades of his former self,  and watches his fights with googly I-love-you-man eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for googly


noun (pl) -lies
(cricket) an off break bowled with a leg break action
Word Origin
C20: Australian, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for googly

as a noun, a cricket term, 1903, of unknown origin. As an adjective, of eyes, 1901.

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Slang definitions & phrases for googly



Protruding; exophthalmic: her great big googly eyes

[1901+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr goggle, which meant ''stare at admiringly or amorously''; perhaps fr mid-1800s google, ''the Adam's apple,'' where the eyes are thought of as similarly protruding; perhaps influenced by goo in the sense of ''sentimental, amorous''; popularized by the hero of a comic strip]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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