- in a disorganized or unplanned manner; sloppily.
- whether one wishes to or not; willingly or unwillingly: He'll have to do it willy-nilly.
- shilly-shallying; vacillating.
- disorganized, unplanned; sloppy: willy-nilly work.
Origin of willy-nilly
Examples from the Web for willy-nilly
Historical Examples of willy-nilly
"Sir laggard, I knew that willy-nilly you would follow me," she cried.
Cynthia may fret and fume and stamp, but willy-nilly I shall carry her away.
You are the three volume man with the happy ending tacked on willy-nilly.Melomaniacs
This was actually done, and our friend was present willy-nilly.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
At Jamestown, willy-nilly, the old Governor was forced to promise reforms.Pioneers of the Old South
- whether desired or not
- occurring or taking place whether desired or not
- occurring haphazardly