verb (used with object), tow·eled, tow·el·ing or (especially British) tow·elled, tow·el·ling.
Origin of towel
Origin of toweling
Related Words for towellingdry, obliterate, rub, mop, remove, wash, erase, clean, dust, exhaust, drain, wilt, sear, evaporate, blot, wither, deplete, bake, shrivel, wipe
Examples from the Web for towelling
Historical Examples of towelling
She rose from the couch, her Turkish towelling drapery flowing far behind her small figure.The Mystery of a Turkish Bath
E.M. Gollan (AKA Rita)
"I don't think I'd go beyond the point there," she said as her towelling fell to her feet.The Tower of Oblivion
His head was soon in a basin of water, and out of it again, and staring at her through a storm of towelling.Our Mutual Friend
I was in this place having a wash down and towelling vigorously when I heard the steward talking to the cook outside the porthole.Captain Macedoine's Daughter
Their door was open and there was Mademoiselle in her little alpaca dressing-jacket, towelling her head.Pointed Roofs
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).