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This page has 8 definitions of wool in English and Cornish. Wool is a noun. Also define these 16 related words and terms: hair, sheep, llama, ruminant, cloth, yarn, texture, fine, fiber, leaf, tree, fir, pine, synthetic, Yonner, and gool.

See also: Wool


A sheep being sheared for its wool.


From Middle English wolle, from Old English wull, from Proto-Germanic *wullō (cognate with Saterland Frisian Wulle, German Low German Wull, Dutch wol, German Wolle, Norwegian ull), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wĺ̥h₁neh₂ (compare Welsh gwlân, Latin lāna, Lithuanian vìlna, Russian во́лос (vólos), Bulgarian влас (vlas), Albanian lesh (wool, hair, fleece)). Doublet of lana.



wool (usually uncountable, plural wools)

  1. The hair of the sheep, llama and some other ruminants.
    • 2006, Nigel Guy Wilson, Ancient Greece, page 692
      The sheep were caught and plucked, because shears had not yet been invented to cut the wool from the sheep's back.
    • Llama definition
      A South American mammal of the camel family, Lama glama, used as a domestic beast of burden and a source of wool and meat.
  2. A cloth or yarn made from the wool of sheep.
    • 2009, January 12, “Mireya Navarro”, in It May Market Organic Alternatives, but Is Your Cleaner Really Greener?:
      Spielvogel said wet cleaning also has limitations; while it is fine for cottons and fabrics worn in warm climates, he said, it can damage heavy wools or structured clothes like suit jackets.
  3. Anything with a texture like that of wool.
    • 1975, Anthony Julian Huxley, Plant and Planet, page 223
      The groundsels have leaves covered in wool for insulation []
  4. A fine fiber obtained from the leaves of certain trees, such as firs and pines.
    • Fine definition
      Senses referring to subjective quality.
      1. Of superior quality. (1 of 17 fine definitions)
    • Fiber definition
      A single elongated piece of a given material, roughly round in cross-section, often twisted with other fibers to form thread. (1 of 8 fiber definitions)
    • Tree definition
      A perennial woody plant, not exactly defined, but differentiated from a shrub by its larger size (typically over a few meters in height) or growth habit, usually having a single (or few) main axis or trunk unbranched for some distance above the ground and a head of branches and foliage. (1 of 16 tree definitions)
  5. (obsolete) Short, thick hair, especially when crisped or curled.
  6. (Britain, New Zealand) yarn (including that which is made from synthetic fibers.)
  7. (Liverpudlian) Derogatory term for residents of the satellite towns outside Liverpool, such as St Helens or Warrington. See also Yonner.


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  1. Soft mutation of gool.
    • Gool definition
      alternative spelling of gol (“feast, fair”) (1 of 2 gool definitions)