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willy-willy Line breaks: willy-willy
Pronunciation: /ˈwɪlɪwɪli/

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Definition of willy-willy in English:

noun (plural willy-willies)

A whirlwind or dust storm.
Example sentences
  • Later on as the willy-willy gallops across the country, whirling a column of dust, trees lash their branches to warn man of the oncoming storm.
  • Hurricanes are called typhoons when occurring in the Pacific Ocean and willy-willies in Australia.
  • Often the topsoil was easy to see because it was blowing around in the air, in willy-willies like mini-tornadoes.


From Yindjibarndi (an Aboriginal language of western Australia) or Wemba-wemba (an Aboriginal language of SE Australia).

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