AskDefine | Define wooly

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wooly adj
1 having a fluffy character or appearance [syn: flocculent, woolly]
2 confused and vague; used especially of thinking; "muddleheaded ideas"; "your addled little brain"; "woolly thinking"; "woolly-headed ideas" [syn: addled, befuddled, muddled, muzzy, woolly, woolly-headed, wooly-minded]
3 covered with dense often matted or curly hairs; "woolly lambs" [syn: woolly]


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Etymology 1

From wool.


  1. Made of wool.
  2. Having a thick, soft texture, as if made of wool.
    wooly hair
  3. Of thinking, principles, etc, based on emotion rather than logic.
    That's the sort of wooly thinking that causes wars to start.

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Etymology 2

From woolyback.


  1. In the context of "Liverpudlian|pejorative": Someone not born in Liverpool (especially from the towns of Wigan, St Helen's, Widnes, Warrington and Runcorn).
Woolworth's, Woolworths or Woolworth may refer to one of several companies:
The original American F.W. Woolworth Company and related businesses:
  • F. W. Woolworth Company was the original USA based chain of five and dime stores.
    • Foot Locker, the current name of the company after its change in focus to athletic clothing.
    • Woolworths Group PLC is the owner of the Woolworths chain of high street shops in the UK (originally part of the F.W. Woolworth company, but separate since 1982).
    • Woolworth GmbH is the owner of the Woolworths chain of high street shops in Germany & Austria (originally part of the F.W. Woolworth company, but separate since 1998).
    • Woolworths (Cyprus), originally part of F.W. Woolworth, sold off in 1985 and subsequently split (no longer retailing under Woolworths name)
The Australian Woolworths Limited and its related businesses:
  • Woolworths Limited is the largest retail company in Australia and New Zealand. Although named after the F.W. Woolworth Company (above), it has no other connection with its U.S. namesake.
  • [http://brands/modules.php?op=modload&name=Infotree&file=show&action=view&entry=4646&back=0 Woolworths Overview - PDF]
Other businesses named Woolworths:
  • Woolworths (South Africa), one of the larger South African retail chain stores affiliated to Marks and Spencer in the United Kingdom.
See also:
wooly in German: Woolworth
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