- the fine, soft, curly hair that forms the fleece of sheep and certain other animals, characterized by minute, overlapping surface scales that give it its felting property.
- fabrics and garments of such wool.
- yarn made of such wool.
- any of various substances used commercially as substitutes for the wool of sheep or other animals.
- any of certain vegetable fibers, as cotton or flax, used as wool, especially after preparation by special process (vegetable wool).
- any finely fibrous or filamentous matter suggestive of the wool of sheep: glass wool; steel wool.
- any coating of short, fine hairs or hairlike processes, as on a caterpillar or a plant; pubescence.
- Informal. the human hair, especially when short, thick, and crisp.
- all wool and a yard wide, genuine; excellent; sincere: He was a real friend, all wool and a yard wide.
- dyed in the wool, inveterate; confirmed: a dyed in the wool sinner.
- pull the wool over someone's eyes, to deceive or delude someone: The boy thought that by hiding the broken dish he could pull the wool over his mother's eyes.
Origin of wool
Examples from the Web for wool
Turns out that wool regulates temperature, repels water, wicks away moisture, and resists stains and dirt.The Coolest Fashion Innovations of 2014
December 18, 2014
The wool design by Maddalena Forcella brings to mind the gang warfare and violence that has plagued Mexico.Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s Iconic Textile—the Rebozo
June 16, 2014
Plus, as Middleton says, “Many great vintage and the Burberry come with wool linings.”An Ode to the Trench Coat: The Burberry vs. The Lloyd Dobler
April 14, 2014
The collection includes leather pants, fringed boots, silk t-shirts, and wool blazers.Isabel Marant Lands at H&M; Burberry Breaks $1 Billion
The Fashion Beast Team
November 14, 2013
In true locker-room style, she rocks bejeweled Céline Birkenstocks with wool socks and a pair of gold-framed Versace sunglasses.Miley’s 5 Wild Outfits From ‘23’
September 24, 2013
Did away with one pack-saddle, and repaired the others with the wool.Explorations in Australia
The best of us are not above trying to pull the wool over our own eyes, at times.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
It may serve as a sample of his wool, for invariably it is home made.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
On the eighth day of the assizes there were but fifty of us left in the wool warehouse.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
It is said to be sometimes finer than silk, and longer than the wool of a sheep.
- the outer coat of sheep, yaks, etc, which consists of short curly hairs
- yarn spun from the coat of sheep, etc, used in weaving, knitting, etc
- cloth or a garment made from this yarn
- (as modifier)a wool dress
- any of certain fibrous materialsglass wool; steel wool
- informal short thick curly hair
- a tangled mass of soft fine hairs that occurs in certain plants
- dyed in the wool confirmed in one's beliefs or opinions
- pull the wool over someone's eyes to deceive or delude someone
Word Origin and History for wool
Old English wull, from Proto-Germanic *wulno (cf. Old Norse ull, Old Frisian wolle, Middle Dutch wolle, Dutch wol, Old High German wolla, German wolle, Gothic wulla), from PIE *wele- (cf. Sanskrit urna; Avestan varena; Greek lenos "wool;" Latin lana "wool," vellus "fleece;" Old Church Slavonic vluna, Russian vulna, Lithuanian vilna "wool;" Middle Irish olann, Welsh gwlan "wool"). Figurative expression pull the wool over (someone's) eyes is recorded from 1839, American English.