Origin of fleeced
- the coat of wool that covers a sheep or a similar animal.
- the wool shorn from a sheep at one shearing.
- something resembling a fleece: a fleece of clouds in a blue sky.
- a fabric with a soft, silky pile, used for warmth, as for lining garments.
- the soft nap or pile of such a fabric.
- to deprive of money or belongings by fraud, hoax, or the like; swindle: He fleeced the stranger of several dollars.
- to remove the fleece of (a sheep).
- to overspread, as with a fleece; fleck with fleecelike masses: a host of clouds fleecing the summer sky.
Origin of fleece
Examples from the Web for fleeced
Lambs, it is true, gambol, but in due time they all get fleeced.Crankisms
Lisle de Vaux Matthewman
Some of the insiders made millions; the public was fleeced of millions.Frenzied Finance
Thomas W. Lawson
Neither educated nor commercialized, he is fleeced by the buyers.A Poor Man's House
Stephen Sydney Reynolds
The fleeced flock is to discover finally what is done with its wool.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
He was not represented in the Raad (legislature) that oppressed him and fleeced him.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- the coat of wool that covers the body of a sheep or similar animal and consists of a mass of crinkly hairs
- the wool removed from a single sheep
- something resembling a fleece in texture or warmth
- sheepskin or a fabric with soft pile, used as a lining for coats, etc
- a warm polyester fabric with a brushed nap, used for outdoor garments
- a jacket or top made from such a fabric
- to defraud or charge exorbitantly; swindle
- another term for shear (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for fleeced
1530s in the literal sense of "to strip a sheep of fleece;" 1570s in the figurative meaning "to cheat, swindle," from fleece (n.). Related: Fleeced; fleecing.
Old English fleos, from West Germanic *flusaz (cf. Middle Dutch vluus, Dutch vlies, Middle High German vlius, German Vlies), probably from PIE *pleus- "to pluck," also "a feather, fleece" (cf. Latin pluma "feather, down," Lithuanian plunksna "feather").