- the coat of wool that covers a sheep or a similar animal.
- the wool shorn from a sheep at one shearing.
- something resembling a fleece: a fleece of clouds in a blue sky.
- a fabric with a soft, silky pile, used for warmth, as for lining garments.
- the soft nap or pile of such a fabric.
- to deprive of money or belongings by fraud, hoax, or the like; swindle: He fleeced the stranger of several dollars.
- to remove the fleece of (a sheep).
- to overspread, as with a fleece; fleck with fleecelike masses: a host of clouds fleecing the summer sky.
Origin of fleece
Related Wordscheat, gouge, overcharge, defraud, swindle, shaft, rook, clip, rob, burn, pluck, milk, flimflam, rifle, hustle, mulct, strip, despoil, cozen, bleed
Examples from the Web for fleece
They could be pajama bottoms, sweats, fleece kind of things.Chang-rae Lee: How I Write
January 22, 2014
But he soon discovers that his newfound clout came with a fleece attached.Chris Christie: What Lap Band?
May 8, 2013
Another concern was that con artists would find ways to fleece the unsuspecting, by concealing the true odds of winning.End the Government's Lottery Monopoly
Stephen L. Carter
April 23, 2011
Her lamb had a fleece of diamonds, and her palm-branch had become the colour of heaven.The Dream
Csar's head was as white and tight-curled as the fleece of a pet lamb.Hetty's Strange History
Lachnocladium is from two Greek words meaning a fleece and a branch.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
Cæsar's head was as white and tight-curled as the fleece of a pet lamb.Hetty's Strange History
I sold her fleece in the spring for forty-five cents a pound.
- the coat of wool that covers the body of a sheep or similar animal and consists of a mass of crinkly hairs
- the wool removed from a single sheep
- something resembling a fleece in texture or warmth
- sheepskin or a fabric with soft pile, used as a lining for coats, etc
- a warm polyester fabric with a brushed nap, used for outdoor garments
- a jacket or top made from such a fabric
- to defraud or charge exorbitantly; swindle
- another term for shear (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for fleece
Old English fleos, from West Germanic *flusaz (cf. Middle Dutch vluus, Dutch vlies, Middle High German vlius, German Vlies), probably from PIE *pleus- "to pluck," also "a feather, fleece" (cf. Latin pluma "feather, down," Lithuanian plunksna "feather").
1530s in the literal sense of "to strip a sheep of fleece;" 1570s in the figurative meaning "to cheat, swindle," from fleece (n.). Related: Fleeced; fleecing.