Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Willing; ready; eager.
  • Self-willed; wilful.
  • noun A dialectal variant of willow.
  • noun A. willow basket; a fish-basket.
  • noun Same as willow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. A large wicker basket.
  • noun (Textile Manuf.) Same as 1st Willow, 2.

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

  • noun Alternative form of willow.
  • adjective Willing; favourable; ready; eagre.
  • adjective Scotland Self-willed; willful.
  • noun A willow basket.
  • noun A fish basket.
  • noun hypocoristic, slang, childish the penis.
  • noun UK a person whom the speaker dislikes.

Etymologies

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From Middle English wilȝe, from Old English wiliġ ("willow"). More at willow.

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From Middle English willy, willi, equivalent to will +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch willig ("obedient, hearsome"), German willig ("willing"), Swedish villig ("willing, agreeable").

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From Middle English wilie, from Old English wiliġe, wileġe ("basket"), from Proto-Germanic *weligō (“wicker basket”), from Proto-Indo-European *weliko- (“willow-tree”). More at weel, willow.

Examples

  • I think the uncircumcised willy is much nicer than the circumcised willy.

    The First Cut | Her Bad Mother

  • Jumping in willy nilly is not going to help much, if at all.

    A Situation Common to All

  • That shouldn't be seen as an invitation to violate the terms willy-nilly.

    Steve Had a Little List

  • If we are going to push the envelope by telling children that a willy is now a penis and a woohoo is now a vagina, then we would be doing a disservice to our little snowflakes if we didn't tell them what the slang names of the various sexual parts are.

    Fairy Tales With Safety Warnings

  • Vigeland: One thing that's been happening to a lot of consumers just over the last several months during the credit crunch, the economic crisis, is that credit card companies are changing the terms willy-nilly it seems.

    Marketplace

  • “Sir , she replied “If your willy is as hard as your elbow I am in room 211 ...”

    Women Beware Women

  • i want, i want, iwant!! amazingly she and her campaign just don't get the fact that by running all that negative crap, they ruined any chance at getting what they want. what was the name of that spoiled little brat of a girl in willy wonka's chocolate factory? it wasn't hillary was it?

    Clinton challenges Obama to Lincoln-Douglas style debate

  • a practice that we engage in willy-nilly, whether we choose to or not.

    Introduction

  • So, instead of calling a willy a penis, it makes sense to call it a cock.

    Fairy Tales With Safety Warnings

  • "We cannot as a nation pretend that things are normal when the president of the country and the premiers are recalled willy-nilly by the ruling party, especially just a few months towards the end of their terms," he said in a statement.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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  • See George.

    August 5, 2008