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[lin-zee-woo l-zee] /ˈlɪn ziˈwʊl zi/
noun, plural linsey-woolseys.
a coarse fabric woven from linen warp, or sometimes cotton, and coarse wool filling.
a garment made from this.
Archaic. any mixture that is incongruous or of poor quality; jumble:
That last speech was a linsey-woolsey of stale platitudes.
Also called linsey.
Origin of linsey-woolsey
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English lynsy wolsye literally, linen cloth, wool cloth, equivalent to lyn (Old English līn; see linen) + -sy, variant of say cloth (< Old French saie; akin to Medieval Latin sagia kind of weave, Latin sagum cloak) + wol wool + -sye, variant of say Unabridged
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a thin rough fabric of linen warp and coarse wool or cotton filling
a strange nonsensical mixture or confusion
Word Origin
C15: probably from Lindsey, Suffolk village where the fabric was first made + wool (with rhyming suffix -sey)
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Word Origin and History for linsey-woolsey

late 15c., originally a cloth woven from linen and wool; the words altered for the sake of a jingling sound. Linsey is attested from mid-15c., apparently meaning "coarse linen fabric." Some sources suggest a connection or influence from the place name Lindsey in Suffolk.

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