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  1. a coarse wool cloth in a variety of weaves and colors, either hand-spun and handwoven in Scotland or reproduced, often by machine, elsewhere.
  2. tweeds, garments made of this cloth.
  3. a paper having a rough surface, used especially for certain photographic prints.

Origin of tweed

1835–45; apparently back formation from Scots tweedling twilling (now obsolete) < ?


  1. William Mar·cy [mahr-see] /ˈmɑr si/Boss Tweed, 1823–78, U.S. politician.
  2. a river flowing E from S Scotland along part of the NE boundary of England into the North Sea. 97 miles (156 km) long.
  3. a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for tweed

fleece, fur, yarn, hair, cashmere, mohair, tweed, worsted, merino

Examples from the Web for tweed

Contemporary Examples of tweed

Historical Examples of tweed

  • This man was the Tweed of Mexico, and one of the most venal officials ever trusted by the people.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • I got into this, and soon I was on the platform in my tweed suit.

  • Tweed, at this time, was full of trout, but even then they were not easy to catch.

    Angling Sketches

    Andrew Lang

  • On Wednesday the Tweed had been roaring red from bank to bank.

    Angling Sketches

    Andrew Lang

  • Yon river is called the Tweed; and yonder, over the brig, is Scotland.


    George Borrow

British Dictionary definitions for tweed


    1. a thick woollen often knobbly cloth produced originally in Scotland
    2. (as modifier)a tweed coat
  1. (plural) clothes made of this cloth, esp a man's or woman's suit
  2. (plural) Australian informal trousers

Word Origin for tweed

C19: probably from tweel, a Scottish variant of twill, influenced by Tweed


  1. a river in SE Scotland and NE England, flowing east and forming part of the border between Scotland and England, then crossing into England to enter the North Sea at Berwick. Length: 156 km (97 miles)
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Word Origin and History for tweed

1847 (perhaps as early as 1831), a trade name said to have developed from a misreading (supposedly by London hatter James Locke) of tweel, Scottish variant of twill, possibly influenced by the river Tweed in Scotland.

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