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also wool·y  (wo͝ol′ē)
adj. wool·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.
3. Rough, disorderly, or unrestrained: "newspaper ads called for ... stricter gun control everywhere in this wild and woolly nation" (Ed McBain).
n. pl. wool·lies also wool·ies
1. A garment made of wool, especially an undergarment of knitted wool.
2. Australian A sheep.

wool′li·ness n.


(ˈwʊlɪ) or


adj, woollier or woolliest, woolier or wooliest
1. (Textiles) consisting of, resembling, or having the nature of wool
2. (Textiles) covered or clothed in wool or something resembling it
3. lacking clarity or substance: woolly thinking.
4. (Botany) botany covered with long soft whitish hairs: woolly stems.
5. (Historical Terms) US recalling the rough and lawless period of the early West of America (esp in the phrase wild and woolly)
n, pl woollies or sometimes US woolies
6. (Clothing & Fashion) (often plural) a garment, such as a sweater, made of wool or something similar
7. (Animals) (usually plural) Western US and Austral an informal word for sheep
ˈwoollily adv
ˈwoolliness, ˈwooliness n


or wool•y

(ˈwʊl i)

adj. wool•li•er or wool•i•er, wool•li•est or wool•i•est, adj.
1. consisting of or resembling wool: a woolly fleece; woolly hair.
2. clothed or covered with wool or something like it.
3. like the rough, vigorous atmosphere of the early West in the U.S.: wild and woolly.
4. fuzzy; unclear; disorganized.
5. Western U.S. a wool-bearing animal; sheep.
6. Also, wool′ie. Usu., woollies or woolies. a woolen garment, esp. a knitted undergarment.
wool′li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.woolly - having a fluffy character or appearance
soft - yielding readily to pressure or weight
2.woolly - confused and vaguewoolly - confused and vague; used especially of thinking; "muddleheaded ideas"; "your addled little brain"; "woolly thinking"; "woolly-headed ideas"
confused - mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently; "the flood of questions left her bewildered and confused"
3.woolly - covered with dense often matted or curly hairs; "woolly lambs"
haired, hairy, hirsute - having or covered with hair; "Jacob was a hairy man"; "a hairy caterpillar"
4.woolly - covered with dense cottony hairs or hairlike filaments; "the woolly aphid has a lanate coat resembling cotton"
haired, hairy, hirsute - having or covered with hair; "Jacob was a hairy man"; "a hairy caterpillar"


U.S. (sometimes) wooly
1. woollen, fleecy, made of wool She wore a woolly hat with pompoms.
2. vague, confused, clouded, blurred, unclear, muddled, fuzzy, indefinite, hazy, foggy, nebulous, ill-defined, indistinct It is no good setting vague, woolly goals - we need a specific aim.
vague clear, obvious, sharp, exact, precise, distinct, definite, clear-cut, well-defined
3. downy, hairy, shaggy, flocculent The plant has silvery, woolly leaves.
1. sweater, jersey, jumper, pullover Bring a woolly - it can get cold here at night.


Covered with hair:
ثَوب حِياكَة صوفِيَّهصوفيمُشَوَّش التَّفْكير
óskÿr, ruglingslegurullar fötullar-, úr ull
vlnený úplet
kafası dağınıkyün gibiyünden yapılmışyünlüyünlü giyim eşyası/çamaşır


wooly (US) [ˈwʊlɪ]
A. ADJ (woollier (compar) (woolliest (superl)))
1. [jumper etc] → de lana; [animal] → lanudo
2. (= vague) [ideas, thinking, essay] → vago, impreciso; [person] → confuso
B. N
1. (= sweater) → jersey m de lana
2. woollies woolies (US) (= clothing) → ropa f de lana


[ˈwʊli] (British) wooly (US) adj
[hat, socks, jumper] → en laine woolly mammoth
(fig) (= vague) [ideas] → vaseux/euse; [thinking, person] → vaseux/eusewoolly mammoth nmammouth m laineux


, (US) wooly
adj (+er)
wollig; (= soft also)flauschig; woolly mammoth (Zool) → Kältesteppenmammut m
(fig) outlineverschwommen; (pej) mind, thinking, ideaverworren, wirr; woolly thoughtswirre Gedanken pl; a woolly liberalein sentimentaler Liberaler, eine sentimentale Liberale
n (inf: = sweater etc) → Pulli m (inf); winter woollies (esp Brit: = sweaters etc) → dicke Wollsachen pl (inf); (esp US: = underwear) → Wollene pl (inf)


wooly (Am) [ˈwʊlɪ]
1. adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (jumper) → di lana (fig) (clouds) → come batuffoli; (ideas) → confuso/a, vago/a; (essay, book) → sul vago
2. n (fam) → indumento di lana


(wul) noun, adjective
(of) the soft hair of sheep and some other animals, often made into yarn etc for knitting or into fabric for making clothes etc. I wear wool in winter; knitting-wool; a wool blanket.
ˈwoollen adjective
made of wool. a woollen hat.
ˈwoollens noun plural
clothes (especially jumpers etc) made of wool. Woollens should be washed by hand.
ˈwoolly adjective
1. made of, or like, wool. a woolly jumper/rug.
2. (also ˌwoolly-ˈheaded) (of a person) vague or hazy. She's too woolly(-headed) to be in charge of a department.
nounplural ˈwoollies
a knitted garment.
ˈwoolliness noun
pull the wool over someone's eyes
to deceive someone.
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