Definition of owly in US English:

owly

adjective

  • 1Owlish.

  • 2Canadian and US regional (chiefly Midwest). Peevish, irritable, fretful; cross, angry.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Philip Sidney (1554–1586), author and courtier. From owl + -y.

Pronunciation

owly

/ˈaʊli/