- minute shreds or ravelings of yarn; bits of thread.
- staple cotton fiber used to make yarn.
- cotton waste produced by the ginning process.
- a soft material for dressing wounds, procured by scraping or otherwise treating linen cloth.
Origin of lint
- an absorbent cotton or linen fabric with the nap raised on one side, used to dress wounds, etc
- shreds of fibre, yarn, etc
- mainly US staple fibre for making cotton yarn
Word Origin for lint
late 14c., "flax prepared for spinning," also "refuse of flax used as kindling," somehow from the source of Old English lin "flax" (see linen), perhaps from or by influence of Middle French linette "grain of flax," diminutive of lin "flax," from Latin linum "flax, linen;" Klein suggests from Latin linteum "linen cloth," neuter of adjective linteus. Later "flax refuse used as tinder or for dressing wounds" (c.1400). Still used for "flax" in Scotland in Burns' time. Applied in American English to stray cotton fluff.