[kol-ee-wob-uh lz]

noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Informal.

intestinal cramps or other intestinal disturbances.
a feeling of fear, apprehension, or nervousness.

Origin of collywobbles

1815–25; coinage presumably based on colic, wobble; see -s3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Examples from the Web for collywobbles

Historical Examples of collywobbles

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for collywobbles


pl n the collywobbles slang

an upset stomach
acute diarrhoea
an intense feeling of nervousness

Word Origin for collywobbles

C19: probably from New Latin cholera morbus the disease cholera, influenced through folk etymology by colic and wobble
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Word Origin and History for collywobbles

1823, fanciful formation from colic and wobble.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper