wool·ly also wool·y (wlē)
adj. wool·li·er, wool·li·est also wool·i·er or wool·i·est
a. Relating to, consisting of, or covered with wool.
b. Resembling wool.
a. Lacking sharp detail or clarity: woolly television reception.
b. Mentally or intellectually disorganized or unclear: woolly thinking.
3. Rough, disorderly, or unrestrained: "newspaper ads called for ... stricter gun control everywhere in this wild and woolly nation" (Ed McBain).
n. pl. wool·lies also wool·ies
1. A garment made of wool, especially an undergarment of knitted wool.
2. Australian A sheep.
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