Willy-nilly meaning

wĭlē-nĭlē
Whether desired or not.

After her boss fell sick, she willy-nilly found herself directing the project.

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Without order or plan; haphazardly.
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Being or occurring whether desired or not.

Willy-nilly cooperation.

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Disordered; haphazard.

Willy-nilly zoning laws.

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Whether one wishes it or not; willingly or unwillingly.
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In a disordered way; helter-skelter.
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That is or happens whether one wishes it or not.
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Whether desired or not.
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Without regard for consequences or the will of those affected.

So people chasing money churn out novels willy-nilly.

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Seemingly at random, haphazardly.

The novel Alice in Wonderland describes a place where random things happen all willy-nilly.

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Alternative form of willy-nilly.
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Origin of willy-nilly

  • Alteration of will ye (or he or I), nill ye (or he or I) be you (or he or I) willing, be you (or he or I) unwilling

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

  • As used originally,"˜will he, nill he' or "˜will ye, nill ye', which means "˜be he willing, be he unwilling'; see will, nill.

    From Wiktionary