[ kol-ee-wob-uhlz ]
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noun(used with a singular or plural verb)Informal.
  1. intestinal cramps or other intestinal disturbances.

  2. a feeling of fear, apprehension, or nervousness.

Origin of collywobbles

1815–25; coinage presumably based on colic, wobble; see -s3

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How to use collywobbles in a sentence

  • Within five minutes everybody aboard had the galloping collywobbles and the twittering jitters.

    Unwise Child | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • We took it out by staring Driggs almost into the collywobbles.

    At Good Old Siwash | George Fitch
  • Let's get out of here; this place gives me the collywobbles.

    Native Son | T. D. Hamm
  • Are you takin' those dashed morphia tabloids of Taggart's for bad-water collywobbles again?

    The Dop Doctor | Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

British Dictionary definitions for collywobbles


/ (ˈkɒlɪˌwɒbəlz) /

pl nthe collywobbles slang
  1. an upset stomach

  2. acute diarrhoea

  1. an intense feeling of nervousness

Origin of collywobbles

C19: probably from New Latin cholera morbus the disease cholera, influenced through folk etymology by colic and wobble

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