[ 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.
Words nearby flannel
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)
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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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