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[neyn-soo k, nan-] /ˈneɪn sʊk, ˈnæn-/
a fine, soft-finished cotton fabric, usually white, used for lingerie and infants' wear.
Origin of nainsook
1780-90; < Urdu, Hindi nainsukh, equivalent to nain the eye + sukh pleasure Unabridged
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  • One was cambric, one was fine lawn or nainsook, and one of dimity.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
  • When small folded maps are badly torn line them throughout with Japanese tissue, jaconet or nainsook.

  • Being clothed only in nainsook, he took a severe cold, which soon resulted in febrile symptoms.

  • Slips are usually made of some very soft material such as nainsook, batiste, pearline, or sheer lawn cloth.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • The framework and ribs were made entirely of Riga pine; the surface fabric was nainsook.

    A History of Aeronautics E. Charles Vivian
British Dictionary definitions for nainsook


/ˈneɪnsʊk; ˈnæn-/
a light soft plain-weave cotton fabric, used esp for babies' wear
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi nainsukh, literally: delight to the eye, from nain eye + sukh delight, from Sanskrit sukha
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