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 forms

wool·li·ness, noun

Regional variation note

10. See dust ball.
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British Dictionary definitions for woolly


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 Forms

woollily, adverbwoolliness, noun
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