[ lin-zee-wool-zee ]
/ ˈlɪn ziˈwʊl zi /
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noun, plural lin·sey-wool·seys.
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.
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Also called linsey.

Origin of linsey-woolsey

1425–75; late Middle English lynsy wolsye literally, linen cloth, wool cloth, equivalent to lyn (Old English līn;see linen) + -sy, variant of say cloth (<Old French saie; akin to Medieval Latin sagia kind of weave, Latin sagum cloak) + wolwool + -sye, variant of say

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British Dictionary definitions for linsey-woolsey

/ (ˈlɪnzɪˈwʊlzɪ) /

a thin rough fabric of linen warp and coarse wool or cotton filling
a strange nonsensical mixture or confusion

Word Origin for linsey-woolsey

C15: probably from Lindsey, Suffolk village where the fabric was first made + wool (with rhyming suffix -sey)
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