Definition of collywobbles in English:

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collywobbles

Pronunciation: /ˈkälēˌwäb(ə)lz/

plural noun

informal, chiefly humorous
1Stomach pain or queasiness: an attack of collywobbles
1.1Intense anxiety or nervousness, especially with stomach queasiness: such organizations give him the collywobbles
More example sentences
  • Tracking the progress of the Merced-Itanium will cause many an attack of the collywobbles for commentators.
  • Throwing himself into one of the office's numerous squashy chairs, Irvine admits to a last - minute attack of the collywobbles.
  • In spite of Littbarski's collywobbles there was no doubt that the Germans had the stomach for the task.

Origin

Early 19th century: fanciful formation from colic and wobble.

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Syllabification: col·ly·wob·bles

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