wool

[ woo l ]
/ wʊl /

noun


Nearby words

  1. woof,
  2. woofer,
  3. woofter,
  4. woohoo,
  5. wookey hole,
  6. wool bale,
  7. wool cheque,
  8. wool classing,
  9. wool clip,
  10. wool fat

Idioms

Origin of wool

before 900; Middle English wolle, Old English wull(e), cognate with Dutch wol, German Wolle, Old Norse ull, Gothic wulla; akin to Latin lāna, Sanskrit ūrṇā, Welsh gwlân wool, Latin vellus fleece, Greek oúlos woolly

Related formswool·like, adjectivenon·wool, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for wool

wool

/ (wʊl) /

noun

Derived Formswool-like, adjective

Word Origin for wool

Old English wull; related to Old Frisian, Middle Dutch wulle, Old High German wolla (German Wolle), Old Norse ull, Latin lāna and vellus fleece

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Word Origin and History for wool

wool

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with wool

wool

see all wool and a yard wide; pull the wool over someone's eyes.

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