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woolly

adjective wool·ly \ ˈwu̇-lē \
variants: or less commonly wooly
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of woolly

woollier; woolliest
1 a :resembling wool
b :of, relating to, or bearing wool
2 a :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

woollily

play \ˈwu̇-lə-lē\ adverb

woolliness

noun

Examples of woolly in a Sentence

  1. the dog's woolly coat will require a lot of grooming

  2. still had a water bed and a woolly coverlet on top of it

Recent Examples of woolly from the Web

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First Known Use of woolly

15th century

woolly Synonyms

Synonyms
furry, fuzzy, rough, shaggy, hairy (also wooly)
Antonyms
bald, furless, glabrous, hairless, shorn, smooth
Related Words
downy, fluffy, nappy, puffy; hairlike
Near Antonyms
beardless, shaved, shaven

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woolly

noun wool·ly \ ˈwu̇-lē \
variants: or less commonly wooly or woolie

Definition of woolly

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

Examples of woolly in a Sentence

  1. Get out your winter woollies.

First Known Use of woolly

circa 1865



WOOLLY Defined for English Language Learners

woolly

adjective

Definition of woolly for English Language Learners

  • : covered with wool

  • : made of wool or resembling wool

  • : confused and unclear


woolly

noun

Definition of woolly for English Language Learners

  • : a warm piece of clothing (such as a sweater) made of knitted wool


WOOLLY Defined for Kids

woolly

adjective wool·ly \ ˈwu̇-lē \

Definition of woolly for Students

woollier; woolliest
:made of or resembling wool
  • a woolly sweater
  • a woolly wig


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