willy-nilly

adverb or adjective
wil·​ly-nil·​ly | \ˌwi-lē-ˈni-lē \

Definition of willy-nilly 

1 : by compulsion : without choice

2 : in a haphazard or spontaneous manner

First Known Use of willy-nilly

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for willy-nilly

alteration of will I nill I or will ye nill ye or will he nill he

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The first known use of willy-nilly was in 1608

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willy-nilly

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of willy-nilly

: in a careless and unplanned way

: in a way that does not allow any choices or planning

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