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 These wild and woolly corners of American Christianity are the focal points of French photographer Cyril Abad’s series In God We Trust. Michael Hardy, Wired, "Bored with Sunday Service? Maybe Nudist Church Is Your Thing," 10 Jan. 2020 The schnauzer’s natural coat, thick and woolly, is more suited to the Black Forest of its native Germany than a tropical metropolis like Bangkok. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Bangkok Opens Up as Virus Caseloads Drop, and Pretty Pups Benefit," 10 May 2020 Guests were encouraged to bring a soft blanket or a plush toy as a substitute for the woolly animals. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Airbnb’s worldwide experiences adapt to the times and move online," 20 Apr. 2020 At first my ear was drawn to the outliers among the hundreds of voices that created a woolly cluster of pitches: the odd glinting high note or surprisingly booming man’s voice that cut through the fog. New York Times, "Join a Musical Meditation Bringing Together Hundreds Worldwide," 3 Apr. 2020 An episode that aired in the second season had a typically woolly guest list: the country Casanova Conway Twitty, avant-garde rockers the Residents, the classical innovators Kronos Quartet and the Ethiopian singer Aster Aweke. Jody Rosen, Los Angeles Times, "10 inspired, singularly eclectic productions by Hal Willner, music’s hippest curator," 8 Apr. 2020 Cutting across this woolly and sentimental aesthetic, however, is the satisfying element of enjoying or even discovering a truly futuristic experience. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Welcome to the Zoom Party," 31 Mar. 2020 At the same time, species like the woolly mammoths and woolly rhinoceroses were driven to extinction, reports Marisa Iati at the Washington Post. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Bird Froze 46,000 Years Ago. Now, It Can Tell Scientists About the Last Ice Age," 24 Feb. 2020 About 100,000 years ago, small, hardy bands of Neanderthals arrived on the trail of megafauna such as mammoths and woolly rhinoceros. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Relics washed up on beaches reveal lost world beneath the North Sea," 30 Jan. 2020

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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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27 May 2020

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“Woolly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woolly. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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