(noun, adjective)


1. having a fluffy character or appearance

Similar word(s): soft, flocculent, wooly

2. confused and vague; used especially of thinking

- woolly thinking

- woolly-headed ideas

Similar word(s): confused, addled, befuddled, muddled, muzzy, wooly

3. covered with dense often matted or curly hairs

- woolly lambs

Similar word(s): haired, hairy, hirsute, wooly

4. covered with dense cottony hairs or hairlike filaments

- the woolly aphid has a lanate coat resembling cotton

Similar word(s): haired, hairy, hirsute, lanate

Sentences with woolly as an adjective:

- Put on a woolly jumper and turn down the thermostat.

- woolly hair

- That's the sort of woolly thinking that causes wars to start.


1. (informal) A sweater or similar garment made of wool

2. (Liverpudlian, pejorative) Someone not born in Liverpool (especially from the towns of Wigan, St Helen's, Widnes, Warrington and Runcorn).