or wool·y

[woo l-ee]

adjective, wool·li·er, wool·li·est.

noun, plural wool·lies.

Nearby words

  1. woollcott, alexander,
  2. woolled,
  3. woollen,
  4. woolley,
  5. woolley, sir charles leonard,
  6. woolly aphid,
  7. woolly bear,
  8. woolly mammoth,
  9. woolly manzanita,
  10. woolly monkey

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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British Dictionary definitions for woolly


sometimes US wooly

adjective woollier or woolliest or sometimes US woolier or wooliest

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)

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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