What does woolly mean?

Definitions for woolly
ˈwʊl iwool·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word woolly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flocculent, woolly, woolyadjective

    having a fluffy character or appearance

  2. addled, befuddled, muddled, muzzy, woolly, wooly, woolly-headed, wooly-mindedadjective

    confused and vague; used especially of thinking

    "muddleheaded ideas"; "your addled little brain"; "woolly thinking"; "woolly-headed ideas"

  3. wooly, woolly, wooly-haired, woolly-hairedadjective

    covered with dense often matted or curly hairs

    "woolly lambs"

  4. lanate, woollyadjective

    covered with dense cottony hairs or hairlike filaments

    "the woolly aphid has a lanate coat resembling cotton"


  1. woollyadjective

    Made of wool.

    Put on a woolly jumper and turn down the thermostat.

  2. woollyadjective

    Having a thick, soft texture, as if made of wool.

  3. woollyadjective

    Of thinking, principles, etc, based on emotion rather than logic.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Woollyadjective

    Etymology: from wool.

    When the work of generation was
    Between these woolly breeders,
    The skilful shepherd peel’d me certain wands. William Shakespeare.

    Some few, by temp’rance taught, approaching slow,
    To distant fate by easy journeys go:
    Gently they lay ’em down, as ev’ning sheep
    On their own woolly fleeces softly sleep. Dryden.

    What signifies
    My fleece of woolly hair, that now uncurls? William Shakespeare.

    Nothing profits more
    Than frequent snows: O may’st thou often see
    Thy furrows whiten’d by the woolly rain,
    Nutritious! John Philips.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Woollyadjective

    consisting of wool; as, a woolly covering; a woolly fleece

  2. Woollyadjective

    resembling wool; of the nature of wool

  3. Woollyadjective

    clothed with wool

  4. Woollyadjective

    clothed with a fine, curly pubescence resembling wool

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of woolly in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of woolly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of woolly in a Sentence

  1. Tori Herridge:

    The authors present several dates for mammoth, woolly rhino, horse and steppe bison that are also substantially younger than the fossil record indicates, which builds a stronger case for late survival across the Arctic than has been made previously.

  2. Taronga Zoo:

    At this age she would naturally still be with her mother, so the soft toy gives her something to snuggle for comfort, it’s not as fluffy and woolly as an adult Brushtail Possum, but she clings to it using her claws and teeth as she would do with mum in the wild.

  3. Alan Cooper:

    We found that the Neanderthals from Spy Cave in Belgium consumed woolly rhinoceros and European wild sheep, supplemented with wild mushrooms, those from El Sidrón Cave on the other hand showed no evidence for meat consumption... showing quite different lifestyles between the two groups.

  4. Lucy Wendover:

    Aardman is excited to be joining ESA in making history by launching the first 'sheep' into space, as one of the first astronauts to fly on an Artemis mission, Shaun is leading the way in lunar exploration, a great honor for our woolly adventurer!

  5. Love Dalén:

    I think one of the simplest explanations is that hunter-gatherers may have caught wolf pups, which is extremely easy to do, and kept them in captivity as sentinels against the large predators that roamed the landscapes of the last Ice Age - bears, cave lions, etc. as well as other dangerous mammals - mammoths, woolly rhinos, other humans.

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