[ fleest ]
/ flist /


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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of fleeced

First recorded in 1520–30; fleece + -ed3

Related formsun·fleeced, adjective


[ flees ]
/ flis /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for fleeced


/ (fliːs) /


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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