fleece

[ flees ]
/ flis /

noun

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

Origin of fleece

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

Related forms

fleece·a·ble, adjectivefleece·less, adjectivefleece·like, adjectivefleec·er, noun
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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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