Willies meaning

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Feelings of uneasiness. Often used with the:

The dark, dank cave gave me the willies.

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(slang) A state of nervousness; jitters.
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Plural form of willy.
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(colloquial, with "the") A feeling of nervousness or fear.

Staying in the haunted house gave me the willies.

He knows a bad case of the willies will be our first response.

Well, the only way I can describe it is just the willies. Like, somebody's watching me.

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Origin of willies

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The meaning "spell of nervousness," recorded since 1896, stems perhaps from the woollies, a dialectal term for "nervous uneasiness," probably in reference to the physical itchiness of wool garments.

    From Wiktionary