[neyn-soo k, nan-]


a fine, soft-finished cotton fabric, usually white, used for lingerie and infants' wear.

Origin of nainsook

1780–90; < Urdu, Hindi nainsukh, equivalent to nain the eye + sukh pleasure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a light soft plain-weave cotton fabric, used esp for babies' wear

Word Origin for nainsook

C19: from Hindi nainsukh, literally: delight to the eye, from nain eye + sukh delight, from Sanskrit sukha
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