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[klee-neks] /ˈkli nɛks/
a brand name for a soft, disposable paper tissue, used especially as a handkerchief. Unabridged
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  • He wiped his face and blew his nose and squeezed the Kleenex tight in his hand.


    Cory Doctorow
  • I bought some Kleenex and came back, and everybody was out on the steps to look, but I didn't stop.

    Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Then he mopped his face with a wad of Kleenex and went over to the room-temperature thermostat, turning it down to sixty.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for Kleenex


noun (pl) -ex, -exes
trademark a kind of soft paper tissue, used esp as a handkerchief
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Kleenex

1925, proprietary name, registered by Cellucotton Products Company, Neenah, Wisconsin, U.S.; later Kimberly-Clark Corp. An arbitrary alteration of clean + brand-name suffix -ex.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Kleenex



Something to be used once and discarded: Presidents and champions who used women like Kleenex were merely exercising an aspect of their power/ The freeways might open up in an earthquake, causing roadways to fall. He called them disposable Kleenexes good for one blow/ Delors himself says that the French go through politicians like Kleenex

[1990s+; the name of a brand of disposable tissues, a trademark since 1925]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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