or duf·fle

[duhf-uh l]


a camper's clothing and equipment.
a coarse woolen cloth having a thick nap, used for coats, blankets, etc.

Origin of duffel

First recorded in 1640–50; after Duffel, a town near Antwerp
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Related Words for duffle

duffle, weekender

Examples from the Web for duffle

Contemporary Examples of duffle

Historical Examples of duffle

  • Yuma had taken the most essential things from his duffle and left the rest.

  • Two birch-bark canoes are loaded with our tents, duffle and provisions.

    Days in the Open

    Lathan A. Crandall

  • Then I packed my duffle and went to the little inn for breakfast.

    Fishing With The Fly

    Charles F. Orvis and Others

  • Smilax had opened our duffle and hung out several things to air.

    Wings of the Wind

    Credo Harris

  • Our tents had to be taken down, our blankets and duffle packed.

    Hints to Pilgrims

    Charles Stephen Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for duffle




a heavy woollen cloth with a thick nap
mainly US and Canadian equipment or supplies, esp those of a camper

Word Origin for duffel

C17: after Duffel, Belgian town
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Word Origin and History for duffle

1670s, from Dutch duffel, from Duffel, town in Brabant where the cloth was originally sold. Duffel bag is American English, first recorded 1917 in a letter of e e cummings.


see duffle.

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