Main definitions of googly in English

: googly1googly2

googly1

adjective

informal
  • (of the eyes) unfocused or rolling.

    ‘her eyes were googly for a second, but when they focused she started swinging’

Origin

Early 20th century: possibly related to goggle.

Pronunciation

googly

/ˈɡo͞oɡlē//ˈɡuɡli/

Main definitions of googly in English

: googly1googly2

googly2

noun

Cricket
  • A ball bowled with a deceptive action.

    • ‘I bowl chinamen and googlies which is a bit odd but it seems to come naturally.’
    • ‘Indeed, he could bowl the googly at about slow-medium pace and where, in exceptional conditions, the pitch dictated it, he could be a fine slow bowler.’
    • ‘Reports that he can no longer bowl the googly are wide of the mark: Graham Thorpe says Warne bowled him two on Wednesday in the County Championship match at the Rose Bowl.’
    • ‘He used to bowl two googlies, one from the top and one that he used to bowl from shoulder height.’
    • ‘This is by no means uncommon to spinners who bowl googlies with a high arm action as it puts considerable strain on the shoulder.’

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

googly

/ˈɡuɡli//ˈɡo͞oɡlē/