woolly

adjective
wool·ly | \ˈwu̇-lē \
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 \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from woolly

Adjective

woollily \ˈwu̇-lə-lē \ adverb
woolliness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for woolly

Synonyms: Adjective

bristly, brushy, cottony, fleecy, furred, furry, hairy, hirsute, rough, shaggy, silky, unshorn

Antonyms: Adjective

bald, furless, glabrous, hairless, shorn, smooth

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

That, in turn, put paid to the PML-N’s hopes of passing legislation to scrap the woolly articles of the constitution that the courts had used to justify Mr Sharif’s dismissal. The Economist, "Pakistan’s army is using every trick to sideline Nawaz Sharif," 21 June 2018 Harington arrived looking even more dapper than ever, trading his woolly Night’s Watch furs for a sleek tuxedo and still sporting his Jon Snow hair, as the show hasn’t quite wrapped production yet. Emma Stefansky, Vanities, "The Game of Thrones Family Gathers at Kit Harington and Rose Leslie’s Wedding," 23 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter That is by no means Indonesia’s only woolly law. The Economist, "Why Indonesia is so bad at lawmaking," 21 June 2018 There’s some wild and woolly improvisation, some daring interpretation, but also a clear sense of fidelity to these themes. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "A Personal Statement Turned Ritual Music," 5 June 2018 Beginning June 1, Bert and Ernie, Bunsen and Beaker, and their various woolly pals take over the Skirball Cultural Center for The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited. Andy Hermann, Los Angeles Magazine, "Historic Muppets and Other Jim Henson Artifacts Move Into the Skirball," 30 May 2018 Molds Molds are characterized by a powdery or woolly appearance on the surface of the infected part. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 BAUM LAKE Stocked and producing good trout action on Power Baits and flies like midges, woolly buggers and calibetis. sacbee, "Fishing line: Striper action takes off near Colusa and on Feather River | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Apr. 2018 Wick was especially bothered by the advance of a prickly, yellow-flowered invasive weed called the woolly distaff thistle. Moises Velasquez-manoff, New York Times, "Can Dirt Save the Earth?," 18 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'woolly.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about woolly

Phrases Related to woolly

wild and woolly

Statistics for woolly

Last Updated

17 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for woolly

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for woolly

woolly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of woolly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: covered with wool

: made of wool or resembling wool

: confused and unclear

woolly

noun

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

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

woolly

adjective
wool·ly | \ˈwu̇-lē \
woollier; woolliest

Kids Definition of woolly

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on woolly

What made you want to look up woolly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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