[ woo l-ee ]
/ ˈwʊl i /

adjective, wool·i·er, wool·i·est, noun, plural wool·ies.

Related formswool·i·ness, noun

Definition for woolies (2 of 2)


or wool·y

[ woo l-ee ]
/ ˈwʊl i /

adjective, wool·li·er, wool·li·est.

noun, plural wool·lies.

Origin of woolly

First recorded in 1580–90; wool + -y1
Related formswool·li·ness, noun

Regional variation note

10. See dust ball.
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Examples from the Web for woolies

  • I try not to look at them because they are so much like witch heads they give me the woolies.

    The Big Time|Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • They figure on keeping this county just as it is, for only themselves and their cattle and woolies, and everybody else keep out.

British Dictionary definitions for woolies


sometimes US wooly

/ (ˈwʊlɪ) /

adjective woollier or woolliest or sometimes US woolier or wooliest

noun plural woollies or sometimes US woolies

(often plural) a garment, such as a sweater, made of wool or something similar
Western US and Australian (usually plural) an informal word for sheep
Derived Formswoollily, adverbwoolliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for woolies



also woolly, 1570s, "resembling or made of wool," from wool + -y (2). Meaning "barbarous, rude" is recorded 1891, from wild and wooly (1884) applied to the U.S. western frontier, perhaps in reference to range steers or to unkempt cowboys.

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