willy-nilly Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “willy-nilly” in the English Dictionary

"willy-nilly" in British English

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uk   us   /ˌwɪl.iˈnɪl.i/ informal
If something ​happens willy-nilly, it ​happenseven if the ​people who are ​involved do not ​want it to ​happen: Both ​sides were ​drawn, willy-nilly, into the ​conflict. without any ​order: She ​threw her ​clothes willy-nilly into a ​drawer.
(Definition of willy-nilly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"willy-nilly" in American English

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willy-nillyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˌwɪl·iˈnɪl·i/
suddenly and without ​planning or ​order: Her words ​tumbled out all willy-nilly.
(Definition of willy-nilly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “willy-nilly”
in Chinese (Simplified) 不管愿不愿意, 无可奈何地, 杂乱地…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不管願不願意, 無可奈何地, 雜亂地…
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