- an outer garment, especially trousers, made of flannel.
- woolen undergarments.
- a washcloth.
- Informal. nonsense; humbug; empty talk.
- Informal. flattery; insincere or overdone praise.
verb (used with object), flan·neled, flan·nel·ing or (especially British), flan·nelled, flan·nel·ling.
Origin of flannel
Examples from the Web for flannel
Have you met the lumbersexual: all beards, flannel shirts, and work boots?How Straight World Stole ‘Gay’: The Last Gasp of the ‘Lumbersexual’|Tim Teeman|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wearing dashikis, yukatas, and flannel robes—any kind of billowing uni-garment will do the trick.
Although there was that grungy-vibe (flannel shirts and biker boots), it was girly, young even.Hedi Slimane's Second Collection For Saint Laurent: Grunge Galore|Alice Cavanagh|March 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was unshaven, with a full mustache and wearing a flannel shirt over a hooded sweatshirt.10 Shocking Bits From Book About How Texas Executed an Innocent Man|Ben Jacobs|May 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Mehlman, a man seemingly born in a well-pressed suit, basked in the victory, relaxed in a flannel shirt.
The material used was flannel, and such interments are frequently mentioned in the literature of the time.A History of Mourning|Richard Davey
Wilkes was defended by Pitt, who came to the house again enveloped in flannel, and this time supported by crutches.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Two gentlemen in flannel, with guns, are urging a little row-boat up toward the interior country.
He saw a straight, slender figure, in flannel shirt and khaki.Overland Red|Henry Herbert Knibbs
The blanket stitch is a favourite for working the edge of flannel skirts or quilted covers.The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft|Effie Archer Archer
British Dictionary definitions for flannel
verb -nels, -nelling or -nelled or US -nels, -neling or -neled (tr)
Word Origin for flannel
Word Origin and History for flannel
c.1500, probably from Welsh gwlanen "woolen cloth," from gwlan "wool," from Celtic *wlana, from PIE *wele- "wool."
The Welsh origin is not a universally accepted etymology, due to the sound changes involved; some (Barnhart, Gamillscheg) suggest the English word is from an Anglo-French diminutive of Old French flaine "a kind of coarse wool." "As flannel was already in the 16th c. a well-known production of Wales, a Welsh origin for the word seems antecedently likely" [OED]. Modern French flanelle is a 17c. borrowing from English.