Definition of wool in English:

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Pronunciation: /wo͝ol/


1The fine soft curly or wavy hair forming the coat of a sheep, goat, or similar animal, especially when shorn and prepared for use in making cloth or yarn.
Example sentences
  • Tents and rugs are made from sheep's wool or goats' hair.
  • She was wearing a cloak made out of a Lena's fur, which was much like a sheep's wool, only finer and much softer.
  • Nomads of the desert and the high plateau live in tents woven from goat's hair, wool, and grass.
1.1Yarn or textile fiber made from wool: carpets made of 80 percent wool and 20 percent nylon a sampler in colored wools [as modifier]: her blue wool suit
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  • Kirby's collection has recently expanded to include classically styled trousers in Super - 120 wools and wool cashmere blends.
  • For Merino and halfbred wools, fibre diameter is the major factor that contributes to price variation as it significantly influences both fibre processing properties and ultimate product quality.
  • We must have sold millions and millions and millions of yards of navy blue cashmere or pure wools, beautiful quality fabrics, which I always did.
2A thing resembling wool in form or texture, in particular.
2.1 [with modifier] The soft underfur or down of some other mammals: beaver wool
More example sentences
  • I shivered with each step taken while she glided on in a warm alpaca wool sweater resurrected from her bulkiest bag.
  • Solid-colored llama wool sweaters offer protection against the cold Andean night air.
  • For two decades poachers have slaughtered chiru by the thousands for their wool, which is finer and more expensive than cashmere.
2.2 [with modifier] A metal or mineral made into a mass of fine fibers: lead wool
More example sentences
  • All materials (cellulose Soxhlet thimbles, silica wool, vials) were cleaned with analytical grade organic solvents prior to use.
  • There are many grades of steel wool on the market today.
  • Aluminium can be keep clean with fine steel wool and plenty of soap.


pull the wool over someone's eyes

Deceive someone by telling untruths.
Example sentences
  • Being in the ‘promised land’ is obviously not all it's cracked up to be - or just maybe the board are pulling the wool over our eyes.
  • They were pulling the wool over our eyes from Day One.
  • He presents it as though he's pulling the wool over our eyes, only we are all too stupid to notice.
informal lead up the garden path, put one over on, bamboozle, con



Pronunciation: /-ˌlīk/
Example sentences
  • The white woollike products were formed in high yield on the walls of the crucible.
  • Nymphs are wingless, slightly elongate, slightly flattened, and partially to completely covered with filaments of white, woollike wax.
  • After the oxide evaporated for two hours, what the researchers called ‘white woollike products’ appeared on a plate in a cooler part of the furnace.


Old English wull, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wol and German Wolle, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin lana 'wool', vellus 'fleece'.

  • Wool is first recorded in Old English around ad 700 and can be traced back to a root shared by Latin lana ‘wool’, found in lanolin (late 19th century), literally ‘oil from wool’. The first person mentioned as trying to pull the wool over someone's eyes is an attorney, or American lawyer, in the mid 19th century, which implies that the ‘wool’ referred to is a lawyer's curly wig. The phrase may also be connected with the expression to wool someone, meaning to pull their hair or ‘wool’ as a joke or insult. Someone wild and woolly, or rough and uncouth, is so called in reference to cowboys in the Wild West who wore shaggy sheepskin garments with the wool on the outside. Woolly in the sense ‘vague or confused’ is early 19th century and draws on the idea of something woolly having a fuzzy, indistinct outline.

Words that rhyme with wool

bull, full, Istanbul, pull, push-pull

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Syllabification: wool

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