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.
Him and brother also play 'swords' with who th his b their erect willies. The brother got really upset on one occasion because his was hurting, and when my friend asked him if it hurt all the time, he replied, 'Not all the time, only when I strum it like an electric guitar.'
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.