willies


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wil·lies

 (wĭl′ēz)
pl.n. Slang
Feelings of uneasiness. Often used with the: The dark, dank cave gave me the willies.

[Origin unknown.]

willies

(ˈwɪlɪz)
pl n
the willies slang nervousness, jitters, or fright (esp in the phrase give (or get) the willies)
[C20: of unknown origin]

wil•lies

(ˈwɪl iz)

n.pl.
nervousness or fright; jitters (usu. prec. by the).
[1895–1900, Amer.; orig. obscure; compare -s3]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.willies - feelings of uneasiness; "that guy gave me the willies"
disquietude, edginess, inquietude, uneasiness - feelings of anxiety that make you tense and irritable

willies

noun
Slang. A state of nervous restlessness or agitation:
fidget (often used in plural), jitter (used in plural), jump (used in plural), shiver (used in plural), tremble (often used in plural).
Informal: all-overs, shake (used in plural).
Translations

willies

[ˈwɪlɪz] NPL it gives me the williesme da horror
I get the willies whenever I think about itme horroriza pensar en ello

willies

pl (inf) to get the williesZustände kriegen (inf); it/he gives me the williesda/bei dem wird mir ganz anders (inf)

willies

[ˈwɪlɪz] npl (fam) it gives me the williesmi fa venire i brividi
References in classic literature ?
Bert gives me the willies the way he's always lookin' for trouble.
They involve boobs and willies - and there was a sign nearby saying Big Dick's Sausages and they didn't take that.
And as soon as his pounds 5,000 grant is rubber-stamped he will buy in all his stock and Willies Garden and Pet Supplies will be open for business.