- of or like wool
- bearing wool
- covered with wool or something resembling wool in texture
- ☆ having characteristics of the early frontier life of the western U.S.; rough and uncivilized: used chiefly in
- tangled and confused; fuzzy: woolly ideas
- West a sheep
- a woolen garment, esp. one with a fleecelike surface
- long underwear made of wool
adjectivewool·li·er, wool·li·est also wool·i·er or wool·i·est
- a. Relating to, consisting of, or covered with wool.b. Resembling wool.
- a. Lacking sharp detail or clarity: woolly television reception.b. Mentally or intellectually disorganized or unclear: woolly thinking.
- Rough, disorderly, or unrestrained: “newspaper ads called for &ellipsis; stricter gun control everywhere in this wild and woolly nation” (Ed McBain).
nounpl. wool·lies also wool·ies
- A garment made of wool, especially an undergarment of knitted wool.
- Australian A sheep.
(comparative woollier, superlative woolliest)
- Made of wool.
- Put on a woolly jumper and turn down the thermostat.
- Having a thick, soft texture, as if made of wool.
- woolly hair
- (figuratively) Of thinking, principles, etc, based on emotion rather than logic.
- That's the sort of woolly thinking that causes wars to start.
- (figuratively) Unclear, fuzzy, hazy, cloudy.
- woolly-minded (British) and (US), wooly-minded (US)
- woolly-headed, wooly-headed
- (informal) A sweater or similar garment made of wool
- (Liverpudlian, pejorative) Someone not born in Liverpool (especially from the towns of Wigan, St Helen's, Widnes, Warrington and Runcorn).