verb (used with object), tow·eled, tow·el·ing or (especially British) tow·elled, tow·el·ling.
- towaway zone,
- towel rack,
- towel rail,
Origin of towel
Origin of toweling
Examples from the Web for towelling
"I don't think I'd go beyond the point there," she said as her towelling fell to her feet.The Tower of Oblivion|Oliver Onions
As he now appeared in his doorway, towelling his hands, Wemmick got on his great-coat and stood by to snuff out the candles.
From a two yard length of towelling, cut off a strip ten inches long, which will be used for the waistband.Needlework Economies|Various
In the pauses of sponging and towelling himself, the Commandant asked the question again and again.Major Vigoureux|A. T. Quiller-Couch
He had turned towards me now, and was shaking his head, and blowing, and towelling himself.
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).