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

furry, fuzzy, hairy, rough, shaggy

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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

White men would darken their faces to create caricatures of black people, including large mouths, lips and eyes, woolly hair and coal-black skin. Jesse J. Holland, The Seattle Times, "Explaining the outrage: Racist history of American blackface began in the 1830s," 6 Feb. 2019 What piglet wouldn’t want to curl up to a woolly mama? Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Curly-haired pigs and other animals with natural waves," 3 Apr. 2019 The researchers estimated that about 40 people lived at the Yana River site where the teeth were found, belonging to a larger population of 500 that hunted bison, woolly mammoths and woolly rhinoceroses. Emily Dixon, CNN, "Discoveries could be 'missing link' to understanding Native American ancestry," 6 June 2019 Today, a man like Mr. Martinez could satisfy his leopard craving with a woolly cardigan from Stella McCartney or a black-and-white fleece jacket by Los Angeles upstart Noon Goons. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Who Needs Gender? Why Men and Women Are Dressing Identically," 21 Feb. 2019 But her pronouncements on tax policy mark a positive start in shaking off the woolly economic centrism of her mentor, Mrs. Merkel. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Growth Debate for Germany," 21 Jan. 2019 This same woolly notion of stakeholder claims also could reshape nonprofit boards and even governmental institutions. Richard A. Epstein, WSJ, "Elizabeth Warren’s Corporate Illogic," 11 Sep. 2018 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

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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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woolly

adjective

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

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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