willies

plural noun
wil·​lies | \ ˈwi-lēz How to pronounce willies (audio) \

Definition of willies

: a fit of nervousness : jitters used with the

Examples of willies in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Impossible movie, there will be plenty more willies to be had. Nick Romano, EW.com, 5 Sep. 2022 This way, a sign says, is the lower cave: a 3/4-mile tunnel that’s not especially challenging nor tight enough to trigger claustrophobic willies. Scott Hewitt, oregonlive, 19 Aug. 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 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 Those social media videos of people willingly jumping off tall pinnacles while wearing the flimsiest of parachutes or minuscule flying gear are enough to give the rest of us the willies. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of willies

circa 1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for willies

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11 Sep 2022

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“Willies.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/willies. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for willies

willies

noun plural
wil·​lies | \ ˈwi-lēz How to pronounce willies (audio) \

Kids Definition of willies

: a fit of nervousness That scary movie gives me the willies.

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