- 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.
Origin of linsey-woolsey
Also called linsey.
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Examples from the Web for linsey-woolsey
The literature of China is, happily, not all linsey-woolsey.Moon Lore
She was dressed in linsey-woolsey, and the overalls of the three sons were also home-spun.Hunters Out of Space
Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Your labor is too skilled by far to manufacture bagging and linsey-woolsey.
Four yards of linsey-woolsey, a yard in width, made a dress for any woman.
The coats of the men were home-made; the materials, jeans or linsey-woolsey.
- a thin rough fabric of linen warp and coarse wool or cotton filling
- a strange nonsensical mixture or confusion
C15: probably from Lindsey, Suffolk village where the fabric was first made + wool (with rhyming suffix -sey)
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Word Origin and History for linsey-woolsey
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