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noun, plural wil·lies.
  1. willow(def 4).
verb (used with object), wil·lied, wil·ly·ing.
  1. to willow (cotton).

Origin of willy

1825–35; special use of dial. willy, Old English wilige basket (orig. one made of willow twigs); akin to willow


  1. a male given name, form of William.
  2. a female given name.
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  • And even Willy Bartlett chimed in with an unemotional: "Good work!"

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • That's why you never met him, Willy: he worked—and got the habit.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Willy was walking to and fro across the road, not daring to look down.

  • "Give me the lantern, Willy," said Ralph, going down on his knees to feel the heart.

  • Rotha was by her side, and Willy lay on the settle drawn up to the hearth.

British Dictionary definitions for willy


  1. British informal a childish or jocular term for penis
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