wooly also woolly, 1570s, "resembling or made of wool," from WOOL (Cf. wool) + -Y (Cf. -y) (2). Meaning "barbarous, rude" is recorded 1891, from wild and wooly (1884) applied to the U.S. western frontier, perhaps in reference to range steers or to unkempt cowboys.

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