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One entry found for willy-nilly.
Main Entry: wil·ly-nil·ly
Pronunciation: secondarystresswil-emacron-primarystressnil-emacron
Function: adverb or adjective
Etymology: an altered form of the phrase will I nill I or will ye nill ye; nill, an ancient negative form of will, from Old English nyllan, a combination of ne "not" and wyllan "to wish, will"
1 : by force : without choice <rushed us along willy-nilly>
2 : in an unpredictable manner <children running about willy-nilly>

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