nainsook

[ neyn-soo k, nan- ]
/ ˈneɪn sʊk, ˈnæn- /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. nailfile,
  2. nailhead,
  3. nailing strip,
  4. naima,
  5. nain,
  6. naipaul,
  7. naipaul, v. s.,
  8. nair,
  9. naira,
  10. nairn

Origin of nainsook

1780–90; < Urdu, Hindi nainsukh, equivalent to nain the eye + sukh pleasure

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nainsook

/ (ˈneɪnsʊk, ˈnæn-) /

noun

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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