American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to, consisting of, or covered with wool.
- adj. Resembling wool.
- adj. Lacking sharp detail or clarity: woolly television reception.
- adj. Mentally or intellectually disorganized or unclear: woolly thinking.
- adj. Having the characteristics of the rough, generally lawless atmosphere of the American frontier: wild and woolly.
- n. A garment made of wool, especially an undergarment of knitted wool.
- n. Australian A sheep.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Con sisting of wool; fleecy: as, the woolly coat of the sheep, of a young seal, etc.
- Resembling wool; exhibiting woolliness; having the appearance of wool: as, woolly hair; woolly clouds.
- Clothed or covered with wool, or something like it; pubescent; flocculent.
- In hot., covered with a pubescence of long and soft hairs like wool; lanate; tomentose.
- adj. Made of wool.
- adj. Having a thick, soft texture, as if made of wool.
- adj. figuratively Of thinking, principles, etc, based on emotion rather than logic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Consisting of wool.
- adj. Resembling wool; of the nature of wool.
- adj. Clothed with wool.
- adj. (Bot.) Clothed with a fine, curly pubescence resembling wool.
- adj. covered with dense cottony hairs or hairlike filaments
- adj. having a fluffy character or appearance
- adj. covered with dense often matted or curly hairs
- adj. confused and vague; used especially of thinking
- From wool + -y. (Wiktionary)
“Brenden wants a two-year moratorium on relocating bison until state officials write a management plan for what he calls "woolly tanks" that can wreak havoc on crops and land.”
“Davies 'piece was not an exercise in woolly thinking, calculated to cast the net of inclusivity as wide as possible by purporting to dissolve the hard distinction between affirming God's existence and denying it.”
“The brown and yellow larvae are sometimes called woolly bears because of their hairy appearance and their habit of eating wool.”
“And hemlocks are being killed by an organism called woolly adelgid, not woody adelgid.”
“He therefore purchased articles that even in England would be called woolly and comfortable.”
“It's still audible - she struggles sometimes with the "d" in "Woody," so that it sounds like "woolly" - but it has certainly mellowed since the days when she first went to Hollywood and had to learn her lines for The Hi-Lo Country phonetically, never really understanding a word she was saying.”
“Other inhabitants include the endangered mountain tapir (often called the woolly tapir), the red-brocket deer, and the spectacled bear.”
“Other shrubland/grasslands include shrub species uncommon in eastern Oregon, such as woolly wyethia, Klamath plum, and birchleaf mountain mahogany.”
“To the list of victims such as woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats, a Smithsonian-led team of scientists has added one more: a highly carnivorous form of wolf that lived in Alaska, north of the ice sheets.”
“And that's not just an appeal for some kind of woolly, Anglican, 'fudge', it's more an appeal for what I hope is the real Gospel virtue of 'deep listening' to one another: a listening which at times makes you say, 'Though this looks right to me, this isn't just about me.”
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