verb (used without object)
- to become fond of; begin to like.
- to approve of; agree with: to cotton to a suggestion.
- to come to a full understanding of; grasp: More and more firms are cottoning on to the advantages of using computers.
- cotter pin,
- cotter slot,
- cottian alps,
- cotton batting,
- cotton belt,
- cotton bollworm,
- cotton bud,
- cotton bush
Origin of cotton
Examples from the Web for cotton
With a pop of color and fun print, this cotton pair is not at all stuffy.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
May we suggest Friendly Fox, a crotched animal made from 100-percent cotton.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Blue Ivy in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In his victory speech Tuesday night, Cotton declared, “The people of Arkansas have made their choice.”
The Daily Beast did not provide this image to Buerck or the NRA but did so to the Cotton campaign.
A spokesman for the Cotton campaign confirmed to The Daily Beast that they had “not paid for or placed that ad.”
She had gained time on me and was crossing the Cotton Belt Ry.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
Other products are sesame, cotton, cucumbers, water-melons and onions.
It is small, with clear water, and for some distance down it, there is no timber but cotton wood.The Scout and Ranger|James Pike
Its Sehna knot, cotton warp and weft, as well as much of the drawing, are typical of Persia.Oriental Rugs|Walter A. Hawley
A great deal of cotton is cultivated here, about thirty feet above the Lake.
- a cloth or thread made from cotton fibres
- (as modifier)a cotton dress
Word Origin for cotton
late 13c., from Old French coton (12c.), ultimately (via Provençal, Italian, or Old Spanish) from Arabic qutn, a word perhaps of Egyptian origin. Philip Miller of the Chelsea Physic Garden sent the first cotton seeds to American colony of Georgia in 1732. Also ultimately from the Arabic word, Dutch katoen, German Kattun, Provençal coton, Italian cotone, Spanish algodon, Portuguese algodão. Cotton gin is recorded from 1794 (see gin (n.2)).
"to get on with" someone (usually with to), 1560s, perhaps from Welsh cytuno "consent, agree." But perhaps also a metaphor from cloth finishing and thus from cotton (n.). Related: Cottoned; cottoning.