the willies

plural noun

: a nervous feeling
Hearing noises at night gives me the willies.

Examples of the willies in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Nemo isn’t creepy, Pikachu doesn’t give you the willies, and Big Bird is nowhere near the precipice of the uncanny valley. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 25 Jan. 2024 But one of the emails Lucy wrote to Joyce contains something that gives even me the willies: Bethany’s middle name is Allana. Benjamin Hale, Harper's Magazine, 10 July 2023 The story behind a legendary Jeep’s name gives some fans the willies. USA TODAY, 12 July 2023 But those little black spiders that run like the wind give me the willies. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Jan. 2023 The veg sandwich, in which a salty and steroidal oyster mushroom subs for the bird, just gives me the willies. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 5 July 2022 Memory is imperfect, as Forth explains in his book, and encounters with a modern-day hobbit can scare the willies out of anyone. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, 16 May 2022 But most of the Christmas-y efforts feel original, including a bloody throw down in a retail store, a twisty story with heisting Santas, and a yuletide family dinner that'll give you the willies. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 This Image miniseries, which has almost reached its conclusion, genuinely gives me the willies. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 7 Aug. 2021

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'the willies.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Dictionary Entries Near the willies

Cite this Entry

“The willies.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!