Definition of willies in English:


Syllabification: wil·lies
Pronunciation: /ˈwilēz


(the willies) • informal
  • A strong feeling of nervous apprehension and discomfort: that room gave him the willies
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    • It gives even field-hardened terrorism experts the willies: bad guys launching shoulder-fired missiles at jetliners, killing hundreds and grounding air traffic.
    • One tape gives me the willies - it's about a stuffed bear who is rejected in the store because he lacks a button, so at night he searches through the department store for the button that will make him loved.
    • Because we don't have the experience of what would have happened under other policy settings, I think bright-eyed economic rationalism still gives people the willies.


late 19th century (originally US): of unknown origin.

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