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cotton

[ kot-n ]
/ ˈkɒt n /
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noun
verb (used without object)
Informal. to get along; to agree (usually in the negative and followed by with): She didn't cotton with hypocrites.I don't cotton with conventional wisdom on this.
Obsolete. to prosper or succeed.
Verb Phrases
cotton (on) to, Informal.
  1. to come to a full understanding of; grasp or realize: Once you cotton on to this principle, you see examples of it everywhere. Eventually both sets of parents cottoned on to the fact that the kids were lying about “studying” together.
  2. to become fond of; begin to like: I cottoned to the new girl right away when I saw she knew how to muck out a stall.
  3. to approve of; agree with: Some organic gardeners freeze the insects in a container and then put them out for the birds, but your kids may not cotton to this idea.
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Origin of cotton

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English cotoun, cot(e)in, from Old French coton, from Arabic quṭun, quṭn

OTHER WORDS FROM cotton

half-cot·ton, adjectivesem·i·cot·ton, nounun·cot·toned, adjective

Other definitions for cotton (2 of 2)

Cotton
[ kot-n ]
/ ˈkɒt n /

noun
John, 1584–1652, U.S. clergyman, colonist, and author (grandfather of Cotton Mather).
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British Dictionary definitions for cotton (1 of 2)

cotton
/ (ˈkɒtən) /

noun
any of various herbaceous plants and shrubs of the malvaceous genus Gossypium, such as sea-island cotton, cultivated in warm climates for the fibre surrounding the seeds and the oil within the seedsSee also sea-island cotton
the soft white downy fibre of these plants: used to manufacture textiles
cotton plants collectively, as a cultivated crop
  1. a cloth or thread made from cotton fibres
  2. (as modifier)a cotton dress
any substance, such as kapok (silk cotton), resembling cotton but obtained from other plants

Derived forms of cotton

cottony, adjective

Word Origin for cotton

C14: from Old French coton, from Arabic dialect qutun, from Arabic qutn

British Dictionary definitions for cotton (2 of 2)

Cotton
/ (ˈkɒtən) /

noun
Sir Henry. 1907–87, English golfer: three times winner of the British Open (1934, 1937, 1948)
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