- 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
- a male given name, form of William.
- a female given name.
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Examples from the Web for willy
At the climax of the play, Willy Loman ruefully tells his two sons that he was fired that day from his job.From Katrina to the Clink: Ex New Orleans Mayor Heads to Prison
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As Steve Martin said on Twitter, “If you missed him as Willy Loman, you missed a Willy Loman for all time.”
But it was his Willy Loman that theater audiences of recent years will remember.
One lost game and he seems as bereft and broken as Willy Loman.The All-American Abuse of ‘Friday Night Tykes’
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Being inside is like a visit to a Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory of art: overwhelming, whimsical, and otherworldly.Graffiti-Covered Wynwood Is Quickly Becoming Miami’s Hippest New Neighborhood
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That's why you never met him, Willy: he worked—and got the habit.
And even Willy Bartlett chimed in with an unemotional: "Good work!"
"Give me the lantern, Willy," said Ralph, going down on his knees to feel the heart.
Willy was walking to and fro across the road, not daring to look down.
Rotha was by her side, and Willy lay on the settle drawn up to the hearth.
- British informal a childish or jocular term for penis
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