[ flan-l ]
/ ˈflæn l /
a soft, slightly napped fabric of wool or wool and another fiber, used for trousers, jackets, shirts, etc.
a soft, warm, light fabric of cotton or cotton and another fiber, thickly napped on one side and used for sleepwear, undergarments, sheets, etc.
- 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.
to cover or clothe with flannel.
to rub with flannel.
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Origin of flannel
1300–50; Middle English flaunneol, perhaps dissimilated variant of flanyn sackcloth < Welsh; compare Welsh gwlanen woolen article, equivalent to gwlân wool (akin to Latin lāna) + -en suffix denoting a single item (as a piece of a mass noun or singular of a collective plural)
Words nearby flannel
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British Dictionary definitions for flannelling
/ (ˈflænəl) /
a soft light woollen fabric with a slight nap, used for clothing
(plural) trousers or other garments made of flannel
See cotton flannel
British a small piece of cloth used to wash the face and hands; face clothUS and Canadian equivalent: washcloth
British informal indirect or evasive talk; deceiving flattery
verb -nels, -nelling or -nelled or US -nels, -neling or -neled (tr)
to cover or wrap with flannel
to rub, clean, or polish with flannel
British informal to talk evasively to; flatter in order to mislead
Derived forms of flannelflannelly, adjective
Word Origin for flannel
C14: probably variant of flanen sackcloth, from Welsh gwlanen woollen fabric, from gwlân wool
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