- 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
Contemporary Examples of flannel
Have you met the lumbersexual: all beards, flannel shirts, and work boots?How Straight World Stole ‘Gay’: The Last Gasp of the ‘Lumbersexual’
November 12, 2014
Wearing dashikis, yukatas, and flannel robes—any kind of billowing uni-garment will do the trick.Nathaniel Rich: How I Write
April 3, 2013
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
March 4, 2013
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
May 16, 2012
Mehlman, a man seemingly born in a well-pressed suit, basked in the victory, relaxed in a flannel shirt.Gay Marriage’s Unlikely Hero
Samuel P. Jacobs
June 26, 2011
Historical Examples of flannel
In a word, I had nothing on me but my drawers and a flannel shirt.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Let it steep fourteen days, and then strain it through a flannel bag.
Gather them while the shells are very soft, and rub them all with a flannel.
He wore, indeed, a shabby greenish-gray suit, and a flannel shirt.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
In hot weather I place a piece of ice in flannel on the top of the pail.Black Bass
Charles Barker Bradford
verb -nels, -nelling or -nelled or US -nels, -neling or -neled (tr)
Word Origin 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.