fleece

[ flees ]
/ flis /

noun

verb (used with object), fleeced, fleec·ing.


Nearby words

  1. fledge,
  2. fledged,
  3. fledgling,
  4. fledgy,
  5. flee,
  6. fleece-vine,
  7. fleeced,
  8. fleecie,
  9. fleecy,
  10. fleein'

Origin of fleece

before 1000; Middle English flees, Old English flēos, flȳs; cognate with Middle Dutch vlies, Middle High German vlius, German Vlies

Related formsfleece·a·ble, adjectivefleece·less, adjectivefleece·like, adjectivefleec·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for fleece

fleece

/ (fliːs) /

noun

verb (tr)

to defraud or charge exorbitantly; swindle
another term for shear (def. 1)

Word Origin for fleece

Old English flēos; related to Middle High German vlius, Dutch vlies fleece, Latin plūma feather, down

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