woolly

adjective
wool·​ly | \ ˈwu̇-lē How to pronounce woolly (audio) \
variants: or less commonly wooly
woollier; woolliest

Definition of woolly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : resembling wool
b : of, relating to, or bearing wool
2a : lacking in clearness or sharpness of outline a woolly TV picture
b : marked by mental confusion woolly thinking
3 : marked by boisterous roughness or lack of order or restraint where the West is still woolly— Paul Schubert used especially in the phrase wild and woolly

woolly

noun
wool·​ly | \ ˈwu̇-lē How to pronounce woolly (audio) \
variants: or less commonly wooly or woolie
plural woollies also woolies

Definition of woolly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a garment made from wool especially : underclothing of knitted wool usually used in plural
2 Western US and Australia : sheep

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Other Words from woolly

Adjective

woollily \ ˈwu̇-​lə-​lē How to pronounce woollily (audio) \ adverb
woolliness noun

Synonyms for woolly

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of woolly in a Sentence

Adjective the dog's woolly coat will require a lot of grooming still had a water bed and a woolly coverlet on top of it Noun Get out your winter woollies.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fly fishermen are working nymphs and woolly buggers under a strike indicator. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Steelhead trout run is on; Lake Erie walleye limits within reach: Fishing Report for Nov. 15," 15 Nov. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Japan’s constitution is a little woolly on how districts are to be drawn up. The Economist, "Japan’s electoral map favours the ruling party," 14 Nov. 2019 And last but not least, a true reader favorite: The size of the orange band on the woolly bear (or woolly worm) caterpillar. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Look to nature for signs of a harsh winter: Farmers’ Almanac shares 1978 lore," 14 Sep. 2019 The spectacular cave paintings of woolly rhinos, mammoths and other ice age animals at famous sites such as Chauvet and Lascaux in France, among other examples, were all linked to early modern humans. Kate Wong, Scientific American, "Ancient Cave Paintings Clinch the Case for Neandertal Symbolism," 23 Feb. 2018 Red pandas are named for their thick, woolly layer of fur that has a rusty red color. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "’3 pounds of adorable’: Baby red panda at zoo’s Virginia facility is growing," 30 Aug. 2019 But there is also pointed writing not just about politics but about subways and orgasms and woolly underwear and air conditioning and retirement homes. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "‘The Capital’ Is a Sharp Political Satire About Europe at This Perilous Moment," 10 June 2019 Inside the looming beast is just a child, his little hands and feet strapped into the woolly Wild Thing’s, making the character roar by speaking through a tiny cone. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Discovering Maurice Sendak, the Opera Designer," 27 June 2019 Hiba’s possessions have almost all been given away, aside from a small pair of white shoes and a woolly headband, that Hiyam packed away and out of sight. Washington Post, "Yazidi women raped as ISIS slaves face brutal homecoming choice: Give up their child or stay away," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of woolly

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of woolly was in the 15th century

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26 Nov 2019

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“Woolly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woollier. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for woolly

woolly

adjective
How to pronounce woolly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of woolly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: covered with wool
chiefly British, informal : made of wool or resembling wool
chiefly British : confused and unclear

woolly

noun
How to pronounce woolly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of woolly (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British, informal : a warm piece of clothing (such as a sweater) made of knitted wool

woolly

adjective
wool·​ly | \ ˈwu̇-lē How to pronounce woolly (audio) \
woollier; woolliest

Kids Definition of woolly

: made of or resembling wool a woolly sweater a woolly wig

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