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Definition of "woolly" []

  • Relating to, consisting of, or covered with wool. (adjective)
  • Resembling wool. (adjective)
  • Lacking sharp detail or clarity: woolly television reception. (adjective)
  • Mentally or intellectually disorganized or unclear: woolly thinking. (adjective)
  • Having the characteristics of the rough, generally lawless atmosphere of the American frontier: wild and woolly. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "woolly" in a sentence
  • "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."