• WordNet 3.6
    • adj woolly covered with dense cottony hairs or hairlike filaments "the woolly aphid has a lanate coat resembling cotton"
    • adj woolly covered with dense often matted or curly hairs "woolly lambs"
    • adj woolly confused and vague; used especially of thinking "muddleheaded ideas","your addled little brain","woolly thinking","woolly-headed ideas"
    • adj woolly having a fluffy character or appearance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The woolly mammoth, extinct since the Ice Age, had tusks almost 16 feet high.
    • Woolly (Bot) Clothed with a fine, curly pubescence resembling wool.
    • Woolly Clothed with wool. "Woolly breeders."
    • Woolly Consisting of wool; as, a woolly covering; a woolly fleece.
    • Woolly Resembling wool; of the nature of wool. "My fleece of woolly hair."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • woolly Con sisting of wool; fleecy: as, the woolly coat of the sheep, of a young seal, etc.
    • woolly Resembling wool; exhibiting woolliness; having the appearance of wool: as, woolly hair; woolly clouds.
    • woolly Clothed or covered with wool, or something like it; pubescent; flocculent.
    • woolly In hot., covered with a pubescence of long and soft hairs like wool; lanate; tomentose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Woolly consisting of, or like, wool: clothed with wool
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wull; Goth. wulla, Ger. wolle, L. villus.


In literature:

She makes it round, like a ball, or a woolly orange, with a little hole at one side for a door.
"Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy" by Frank Richard Stockton
The people here are much darker than the coast tribes, and their hair is woolly.
"Adventures in New Guinea" by James Chalmers
What magic has bewitched the woolly dams?
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
And my dear woolly dog's for Santa.
"Honey-Sweet" by Edna Turpin
I look at all my "woollies," and wonder if I had better save some for 1916.
"My War Experiences in Two Continents" by Sarah Macnaughtan
Then he fished out the most horrible, woolly, many-legged little animal I ever saw in my life.
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
The hair is well dressed, and free from any woolly appearance.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
But Shubenacadie protested with both wings against a woolly covering which was not in his experience.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Cautiously then she reached out and touched the soft, woolly cuff of his blanket-wrapper.
"Molly Make-Believe" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
We call them the woolly aphids.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley

In poetry:

What can lambkins do
All the keen night through?
Nestle by their woolly mother
The careful ewe.
"A Chill" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Rock-a-by baby, woolly and brown…
(There's a shout at the door an' a big red light…)
Lil' coon baby, mammy is down…
Han's that hold yuh are steady an' white…
"Lullaby" by Lola Ridge
Aye, he wor a blacksmith, not one of the sort
Who shoe horses and sing anvil chorusses,
He used to shoe Dinasauss - big woolly Elephants,
Thumping great Brontosauruses.
"St. George and the Dragon" by Weston and Lee
His saddle's the best in the wild, woolly West,
Sometimes it will cost sixty dollars;
Ah, he knows all the tricks, when he brands "Mavericks,"
But his learning's not gained from your scholars.
"Texas Types -- The Cowboy" by William Lawrence Chittenden
Rolled into plunging torrents spring the fountains;
And slope and vale and meadowland grow green;
While on ridg'd levels of a hundred mountains,
Far fleece by fleece, the woolly flocks convene.
"Spring" by Madison Julius Cawein
A woolly little terrier pup
Gave vent to yelps distressing,
Whereat his mistress took him up
And soothed him with caressing,
And yet he was not in the least
What one would call a handsome beast.
"The Pampered Lapdog And The Misguided Ass" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

The top prize for the biggest and smallest woolly bear s will be $100.
On the site of the Transitbay Transit Center being built in downtown San Francisco, a construction worker discovered remains of a woolly mammoth .
San Francisco construction crew unearths woolly mammoth tooth.
Scientists edge closer to cloning woolly mammoth .
"The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" at Woolly Mammoth .
Ask him at shined-up Apple show at Woolly Mammoth .
Woolly Mammoth Antiques & Oddities.
A Post-Electric Play' at Woolly Mammoth .
Woolly Mammoth 's theater Tweet Up causes drama with playwright.
Woolly Pocket by City Planter.
The woolly world of government mortgage aid.
Woolly and friends at the landing of first SF flight.
As wild and woolly as they can be, for some, wigs are a necessity, and providing exactly the right touch in proper head-covering has sustained Rosalie in the business for 50 years.
Woolly mammoths wandered the planet for about 250,000 years and vanished from Siberia by about 10,000 years ago.
Woolly Worms for Sale.