Origin of flue1
1555–65; earlier flew, perhaps representing Old English flēwsa a flowing, the form flews being taken as plural
- downy matter; fluff.
Origin of flue2
1580–90; perhaps to be identified with Old English flug- (in flugol swift, fleeting); akin to fly1. Compare Low German flug
- a fishing net.
Origin of flue3
1350–1400; Middle English flowe; compare Middle Dutch vluwe fishing net
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Examples from the Web for flue
The chimney-pot to which he had to fix the flue was in the middle of the roof.L'Assommoir
Dirty finger-prints were on the hall-windows, flue and rubbish on its unwashed boards.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Anyway I got doubled up somehow; and that's the reason I stuck in the flue.Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys
Silas K. Boone
In these days, how common is it to provide rooms with only a flue for a stove!
The cross-section area of the flue is likely to prove the most common difficulty.Making a Fireplace
Henry H. Saylor
- a shaft, tube, or pipe, esp as used in a chimney, to carry off smoke, gas, etc
- music the passage in an organ pipe or flute within which a vibrating air column is set upSee also flue pipe
C16: of unknown origin
- loose fluffy matter; down
C16: from Flemish vluwe, from Old French velu shaggy
- a type of fishing net
Middle English, from Middle Dutch vlūwe
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Word Origin and History for flue
"smoke channel in a chimney," 1580s, perhaps related to 15c. word meaning "mouthpiece of a hunting horn," or perhaps from Old English flowan "to flow," and/or Old French fluie "stream."
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