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duffel

or duffle

[duhf-uh l] /ˈdʌf əl/
noun
1.
a camper's clothing and equipment.
2.
a coarse woolen cloth having a thick nap, used for coats, blankets, etc.
Origin of duffel
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; after Duffel, a town near Antwerp
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  • Yuma had taken the most essential things from his duffle and left the rest.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • Two birch-bark canoes are loaded with our tents, duffle and provisions.

    Days in the Open Lathan A. Crandall
  • Then I packed my duffle and went to the little inn for breakfast.

    Fishing With The Fly Charles F. Orvis and Others
  • Smilax had opened our duffle and hung out several things to air.

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
  • Our tents had to be taken down, our blankets and duffle packed.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • Shortly after breakfast they had all their duffle packed and they were off.

    Bob Hunt in Canada

    George W. Orton
  • The kit-bag we took with us for duffle, and we set off for the point.

    Us and the Bottleman

    Edith Ballinger Price
  • Ikey on the raft was bewailing the loss of some of his duffle.

  • I'll load all the duffle into this room and see if there 's any wood in the woodshed.

    The Happy Venture Edith Ballinger Price
British Dictionary definitions for duffle

duffel

/ˈdʌfəl/
noun
1.
a heavy woollen cloth with a thick nap
2.
(mainly US & Canadian) equipment or supplies, esp those of a camper
Word Origin
C17: after Duffel, Belgian town
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Word Origin and History for duffle
n.

1670s, from Dutch duffel, from Duffel, town in Brabant where the cloth was originally sold. Duffel bag is American English, first recorded 1917 in a letter of e e cummings.

duffel

see duffle.

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