verb (used with object), tow·eled, tow·el·ing or (especially British) tow·elled, tow·el·ling.
Origin of towel
Related Words for towelsponge, cloth, dry, obliterate, rub, mop, remove, wash, erase, clean, dust, exhaust, drain, wilt, sear, evaporate, blot, wither, deplete, bake
Examples from the Web for towel
Contemporary Examples of towel
“They would bend my head back, put a towel over my face and pour water over the towel,” Harrison was quoted as saying.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
Inside the bag, a second body was naked, wrapped in a towel, and almost decapitated.Hong Kong’s High-Flying British Psycho Killer Suspect
Nico Hines, Tom Sykes
November 3, 2014
The cyclist had turned the heads of the women in the dorm on his way back from the showers, wearing just a towel.
Robin Williams was on his way to the showers down the hall, wearing a white t-shirt and a towel over his shoulder.
A naked dancer held a towel around his waist as he slicks back his hair in the ladies toilets.Inside London's Underground Burlesque and Fetish Scene
August 12, 2014
Historical Examples of towel
He had as little occasion for a towel as Jonas had for a start.
Mr Sweedlepipe turned aside to the towel, and wiped his eyes with it.
Briskly rubbing his gray head with a towel, he was eyeing my evening clothes.The Harbor
"Damn, my hands are wet," he said aloud, and picked up a towel.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Joe answered with a grating laugh, and then with a burr he applied a towel to his face.The Shadow of a Crime
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)
Word Origin for towel
late 13c., from Old French toaille (12c.), from Frankish *thwahlja, from Proto-Germanic *thwakhlijon (cf. Old Saxon thwahila, Middle Dutch dwale "towel," Dutch dwaal "altar cloth," Old High German dwehila "towel," German dialectal Zwehle "napkin"); related to German zwagen, Old English þwean "to wash." Spanish toalla, Italian tovaglia are Germanic loan-words.
1836, from towel (n.). Related: Towelled; towelling.
see crying towel; throw in the sponge (towel).