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Sense: 1
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Origin unknown.
Sense: 2
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: Willie male name, from William

willie

noun
     
wil‧lie informal
1

the willies

a nervous or frightened feeling:
All this talk about ghosts is giving me the willies.
2x-ref another spelling of willy

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