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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.
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(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
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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.
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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"
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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.
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Covered with hair:
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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
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[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
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, (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)
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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
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(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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References in classic literature ?
At times, from weakness, his head drooped and rested on the woolly pate.
By this time, Master George had arrived at that pass to which even a boy can come (under uncommon circumstances, when he really could not eat another morsel), and, therefore, he was at leisure to notice the pile of woolly heads and glistening eyes which were regarding their operations hungrily from the opposite corner.
Wide prairies Vegetable productions Tabular hills Slabs of sandstone Nebraska or Platte River Scanty fare Buffalo skulls Wagons turned into boats Herds of buffalo Cliffs resembling castles The chimney Scott's Bluffs Story connected with them The bighorn or ahsahta Its nature and habits Difference between that and the "woolly sheep," or goat of the mountains
They could then see the faint summer fogs in layers, woolly, level, and apparently no thicker than counterpanes, spread about the meadows in detached remnants of small extent.
Then there was a wild yelp of agony and the poodle went sailing up the aisle; the yelps continued, and so did the dog; he crossed the house in front of the altar; he flew down the other aisle; he crossed before the doors; he clamored up the home-stretch; his anguish grew with his progress, till presently he was but a woolly comet moving in its orbit with the gleam and the speed of light.
Others, in whose veins the blood of martyrs did not flow, substituted rags for leads and pretended that they made a more natural and less woolly curl.
The captain, darting on deck from the cabin, bawled lustily for his spy-glass; the mate in still louder accents hailed the masthead with a tremendous 'where-away?' The black cook thrust his woolly head from the galley, and Boatswain, the dog, leaped up between the knight-heads, and barked most furiously.
With the Johnsons I am afraid I lost many opportunities; the tone was gray and cottony, I might almost say woolly. But now, as I tell you, I have determined to take right hold for myself; to look right into European life, and judge it without Johnsonian prejudices.
In the middle distance symmetrical mounds of woolly green moss bounded by croquet hoops formed the base of shrubs shaped like orange-trees but studded with large pink and red roses.
After that we had everything of note, the bootblack boy, the toper with bottle, the woolly rabbit that squeaks when you hold it in your mouth; they all vanished as inexplicably as the lady, but I dared not tell him my suspicions, for he suspected also and his gentle heart would have mourned had I confirmed his fears.
Well, play he would; he'd show 'em; even despite the elated prophesies made of how swiftly he would be trimmed--prophesies coupled with descriptions of the bucolic game he would play and of his wild and woolly appearance.
In one window there would be live geese, in another marvels in sugar--pink and white canes big enough for ogres, and cakes with cherubs upon them; in a third there would be rows of fat yellow turkeys, decorated with rosettes, and rabbits and squirrels hanging; in a fourth would be a fairyland of toys--lovely dolls with pink dresses, and woolly sheep and drums and soldier hats.