willy

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English willy, willi, equivalent to will +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch willig (obedient, hearsome), German willig (willing), Swedish villig (willing, agreeable).

Adjective[edit]

willy (comparative willier or more willy, superlative williest or most willy)

  1. Willing; favourable; ready; eagre.
  2. (UK dialectal, Scotland) Self-willed; willful.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English wilȝe, from Old English wiliġ (willow). More at willow.

Noun[edit]

willy (plural willies)

  1. Alternative form of willow

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English wilie, from Old English wiliġe, wileġe (basket), from Proto-Germanic *wiligō (wicker basket), from Proto-Indo-European *weliko- (willow-tree). More at weel, willow.

Noun[edit]

willy (plural willies)

  1. (UK dialectal) A willow basket.
  2. (UK dialectal) A fish basket.

Etymology 4[edit]

  • Possibly a contraction of Latin membrum virile, male member (that is, the penis), a Latin term used in English in the nineteenth century; also possibly the simple use of a proper name as a pet name; compare dick, fanny and peter.

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Noun[edit]

willy (plural willies)

  1. (hypocoristic, slang, childish) the penis.
  2. (UK) a person whom the speaker dislikes.
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