having a fleece of a specified kind (usually used in combination): a thick-fleeced animal.
covered with fleece or a fleecelike material.
(of a fabric) having a softly napped surface.

Origin of fleeced

First recorded in 1520–30; fleece + -ed3
Related formsun·fleeced, adjective




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.

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

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

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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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

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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Word Origin and History for fleeced



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.



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").

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