- a narrow fabric of cotton or linen, in plain, twill, or huck weave, used for hand towels or dishtowels.
Origin of toweling
- an absorbent cloth or paper for wiping and drying something wet, as one for the hands, face, or body after washing or bathing.
- to wipe or dry with a towel.
- throw in the towel, Informal. to concede defeat; give up; yield: He vowed he would never throw in the towel.
Origin of towel
Examples from the Web for toweling
She never finishes her soup and she wears a toweling robe with a certain je ne sais quoi.Polanski's Brilliant Comeback
February 18, 2010
We know it is used for dresses, and sometimes for toweling and upholstery uses.
It is used for toweling and costs about 30 cents per yard, 24 inches wide.
Get three yards or so of toweling and cut off pieces as you need them.Camp and Trail
Stewart Edward White
The largest portion of the sheeting and toweling is made in Scotland.Handicraft for Girls
At my exclamation one of the Halbersons left off toweling and came over to join me.Down the Columbia
Lewis R. Freeman
- a square or rectangular piece of absorbent cloth or paper used for drying the body
- a similar piece of cloth used for drying plates, cutlery, etc
- throw in the towel See throw in (def. 4)
- to dry or wipe with a towel
- (often foll by up) Australian slang to assault or beat (a person)
Word Origin and History for toweling
late 13c., from Old French toaille (12c.), from Frankish *thwahlja, from Proto-Germanic *thwakhlijon (cf. Old Saxon thwahila, Middle Dutch dwale "towel," Dutch dwaal "altar cloth," Old High German dwehila "towel," German dialectal Zwehle "napkin"); related to German zwagen, Old English þwean "to wash." Spanish toalla, Italian tovaglia are Germanic loan-words.
1836, from towel (n.). Related: Towelled; towelling.