a coarse fabric woven from linen warp, or sometimes cotton, and coarse wool filling.
a garment made from this.
Archaic. any mixture that is incongruous or of poor quality; jumble: That last speech was a linsey-woolsey of stale platitudes.
- Also called linsey.
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How to use linsey-woolsey in a sentence
The women had on sun-bonnets; and some had linsey-woolsey frocks, some gingham ones, and a few of the young ones had on calico.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
She was dressed in linsey-woolsey, and the overalls of the three sons were also home-spun.Hunters Out of Space | Joseph Everidge Kelleam
The goods were of the home-made quality, known as "linsey-woolsey," a material worn by farmers almost universally in those days.Watch Yourself Go By | Al. G. Field
His wife wore a calico dress for company, while the neighbor wives wore homespun linsey-woolsey.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
How he got at my birth behind my tangled mat of hair and wringing linsey-woolsey I know not to this day.Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for linsey-woolsey
a thin rough fabric of linen warp and coarse wool or cotton filling
a strange nonsensical mixture or confusion
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