- 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.
- 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
Regional variation note
10. See dust ball.
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Examples from the Web for wooly
I was taken into one by Maurice, a gnarled old Vietnam vet in a wooly hat.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
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Designer Phoebe Philo presented a cool collection of wooly outerwear and unexpected proportions.Céline Gets Cozy for Fall
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In other words, we were wild and wooly, but sincerely didn't know it.The Killer
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The name is from the Greek meaning "wooly knees," in allusion to the wooly joints of the stem.Field Book of Western Wild Flowers
Their combined percentage of frizzly and wooly is 69, which is nearly 20 per cent less than that of the Fijians.A Racial Study of the Fijians
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They stood about gracefully to be admired, with their wooly hair fluffed out at right angles to their head, for the occasion.Six Women
The wooly covering of common mullein, for example, is made up of innumerable slender-branched hairs.Through a Microscope
sometimes US wooly
- consisting of, resembling, or having the nature of wool
- covered or clothed in wool or something resembling it
- lacking clarity or substancewoolly thinking
- botany covered with long soft whitish hairswoolly stems
- US recalling the rough and lawless period of the early West of America (esp in the phrase wild and woolly)
- (often plural) a garment, such as a sweater, made of wool or something similar
- Western US and Australian (usually plural) an informal word for sheep
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Word Origin and History for wooly
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