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or duffle

[duhf-uh l] /ˈdʌf əl/
a camper's clothing and equipment.
a coarse woolen cloth having a thick nap, used for coats, blankets, etc.
Origin of duffel
First recorded in 1640-50; after Duffel, a town near Antwerp Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Big Hogey got up and staggered around in front of the bus, clutching at it for support, losing his duffle bag.

    The Hoofer Walter M. Miller
  • Two birch-bark canoes are loaded with our tents, duffle and provisions.

    Days in the Open Lathan A. Crandall
  • Thus refreshed, thongs were tightened, duffle packed, and they were once more ready for the trail.

  • Then I packed my duffle and went to the little inn for breakfast.

    Fishing With The Fly Charles F. Orvis and Others
  • Astern towed the two dugouts, loaded deep down with “duffle.”

  • Smilax had opened our duffle and hung out several things to air.

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
  • They landed and were soon headed up the stream, laden with their canoes and duffle bags.

    Bob Hunt in Canada George W. Orton
  • Shortly after breakfast they had all their duffle packed and they were off.

    Bob Hunt in Canada George W. Orton
  • Yuma had taken the most essential things from his duffle and left the rest.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
British Dictionary definitions for duffle


a heavy woollen cloth with a thick nap
(mainly US & Canadian) equipment or supplies, esp those of a camper
Word Origin
C17: after Duffel, Belgian town
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for duffle

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.


see duffle.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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