clothing

[kloh-th ing]
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Origin of clothing

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at clothe, -ing1

clothe

[klohth]
verb (used with object), clothed or clad, cloth·ing.
  1. to dress; attire.
  2. to provide with clothing.
  3. to cover with or as with clothing.

Origin of clothe

before 950; Middle English clothen, Old English clāthian, derivative of clāth cloth
Related formshalf-clothed, adjectivepre·clothe, verb (used with object), pre·clothed, pre·cloth·ing.re·clothe, verb (used with object), re·clothed or re·clad, re·cloth·ing.un·der·clothed, adjectivewell-clothed, adjective
Can be confusedcloth clothe clothes

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Examples from the Web for clothing

Contemporary Examples of clothing

Historical Examples of clothing

  • Is not the life more precious than its food, and the body than its clothing?

  • He ran up the staircase to his room and flung on some clothing.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • If it were not for the necessity of bread and clothing, what a good time a fellow might have.

  • The kind of clothing worn by a man whose tailor is a blacksmith.

  • All their clothing was wet and they were discolored with mud.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler


British Dictionary definitions for clothing

clothing

noun
  1. garments collectively
  2. something that covers or clothes

clothe

verb clothes, clothing, clothed or clad (tr)
  1. to dress or attire (a person)
  2. to provide with clothing or covering
  3. to conceal or disguise
  4. to endow or invest

Word Origin for clothe

Old English clāthian, from clāth cloth; related to Old Norse klætha
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Word Origin and History for clothing
n.

c.1200, "action of dressing in clothes," verbal noun from clothe. From late 13c. as "clothes collectively;" 1590s as an adjective.

clothe

v.

Old English claðian, from claþ (see cloth). Related: Clothed, clothing. Other Old English words for this were scrydan and gewædian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with clothing

clothing

see wolf in sheep's clothing.

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