- consisting of wool: a woolly fleece.
- resembling wool in texture or appearance: woolly hair.
- clothed or covered with wool or something resembling it: a woolly caterpillar.
- Botany. covered with a pubescence of long, soft hairs resembling wool.
- like the rough, vigorous atmosphere of the early West in America: wild and woolly.
- fuzzy; unclear; disorganized: woolly thinking.
- Western U.S. a wool-bearing animal; sheep.
- Usually woollies. a knitted undergarment of wool or other fiber.
- any woolen garment, as a sweater.
- Dialect. a dust ball.
Origin of woolly
Regional variation note
10. See dust ball.
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Some came from the interior of Africa and had woolly hair and thick lips.Ancient Man
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They covered the horse all up, so that he looked for all the world like a sheep, woolly.The Woman-Haters
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The big negro looked sheepish and scratched his woolly head.The Affair of the Brains
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sometimes US wooly
- consisting of, resembling, or having the nature of wool
- covered or clothed in wool or something resembling it
- lacking clarity or substancewoolly thinking
- botany covered with long soft whitish hairswoolly stems
- US recalling the rough and lawless period of the early West of America (esp in the phrase wild and woolly)
- (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
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