Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural Feelings of uneasiness. Often used with the:

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Plural form of willy.
  • noun colloquial, with "the" A feeling of nervousness or fear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun feelings of uneasiness

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

The meaning "spell of nervousness," recorded since 1896, stems perhaps from the woollies, a dialectal term for "nervous uneasiness," probably in reference to the physical itchiness of wool garments.

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.