Dictionary > English Dictionary > Definition, synonym and antonym of woolly
Meaning of woolly by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    From wool +‎ -y .


    • Rhymes: -ʊli


    woolly ( comparative woollier, superlative woolliest )

    1. Made of wool .
      Put on a woolly jumper and turn down the thermostat .
    2. Having a thick, soft texture, as if made of wool .
      woolly hair
    3. ( figuratively ) Of thinking, principles, etc, based on emotion rather than logic .
      That's the sort of woolly thinking that causes wars to start .

    Related terms

Explanation of woolly by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. covered with dense cottony hairs or hairlike filaments

    2. the woolly aphid has a lanate coat resembling cotton
    3. covered with dense often matted or curly hairs

    4. woolly lambs
    5. confused and vague

    6. woolly thinking
      woolly-headed ideas
    7. having a fluffy character or appearance

    Definition of woolly by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Woolly, a.
      1. Consisting of wool; as, “a woolly covering; a woolly fleece”.

      2. Resembling wool; of the nature of wool. “My fleece of woolly hair.” Shak.

      3. Clothed with wool. “Woolly breeders.” Shak.

      4. ( Bot. ) Clothed with a fine, curly pubescence resembling wool.

      Woolly bear ( Zool. ), the hairy larva of several species of bombycid moths. The most common species in the United States are the salt-marsh caterpillar ( see under Salt ), the black and red woolly bear, or larva of the Isabella moth ( see Illust., under Isabella Moth ), and the yellow woolly bear, or larva of the American ermine moth ( Spilosoma Virginica ). -- Woolly butt ( Bot. ), an Australian tree ( Eucalyptus longifolia ), so named because of its fibrous bark. -- Woolly louse ( Zool. ), a plant louse ( Schizoneura lanigera syn Erisoma lanigera ) which is often very injurious to the apple tree. It is covered with a dense coat of white filaments somewhat resembling fine wool or cotton. In exists in two forms, one of which infests the roots, the other the branches. See Illust. under Blight. -- Woolly macaco ( Zool. ), the mongoose lemur. -- Woolly maki ( Zool. ), a long-tailed lemur ( Indris laniger ) native of Madagascar, having fur somewhat like wool; -- called also avahi, and woolly lemur. -- Woolly monkey
      ( Zool. ), any South American monkey of the genus Lagothrix, as the caparro. -- Woolly rhinoceros ( Paleon. ), an extinct rhinoceros ( Rhinoceros tichorhinus ) which inhabited the arctic regions, and was covered with a dense coat of woolly hair. It has been found frozen in the ice of Siberia, with the flesh and hair well preserved.