willy-willy

[ wil-ee-wil-ee ]
/ ˈwɪl iˌwɪl i /

noun, plural wil·ly-wil·lies. Australian.

a severe tropical cyclone.

Origin of willy-willy

First recorded in 1890–95; of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for willy-willy

willy-willy

/ (ˈwɪlɪˈwɪlɪ) /

noun Australian

a duststorm
obsolete a tropical cyclone

Word Origin for willy-willy

from a native Australian language
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