Meaning of wild and woolly in English:

wild and woolly


  • Uncouth in appearance or behaviour.

    ‘the Australian outlaw's wild and woolly look’
    • ‘he might have been a gunman in his wild and woolly youth’
    • ‘And yet they both deal with the wild and woolly world of human behaviour.’
    • ‘Prayer to saints specifically unites us with the Church Triumphant in heaven, and thus is a much-needed reminder that the Church has endured for almost 2,000 wild and woolly and often hideous years.’
    • ‘Things will be much less wild and woolly here tomorrow, so I will be back then with a statement of principle.’
    • ‘The Point Reyes peninsula is as wild and woolly as it gets, yet it's conveniently close - roughly 35 miles - to the hubbub of San Francisco.’
    • ‘Such is the wild and woolly insurance market in China today.’
    • ‘It was among the Vikings, however, that wild and woolly culture of the North Atlantic (today's Norway and Denmark), that mead really came into its own.’
    • ‘But given the wild and woolly wholesale market in the past three years, analyzing risk has been getting more difficult.’
    • ‘Labor Council's walking labour history museum is back with more wild and woolly facts from the wonderful world of workplace relations.’
    • ‘The Government does not actually need the money, but because it has the money coming in, it comes up with all sorts of wild and woolly ways of spending it.’
    • ‘On the wild and woolly streets of Russia's capital city, the diesel engine is truly a menace to human health.’