worsted

[ woos-tid, wur-stid ]
/ ˈwʊs tɪd, ˈwɜr stɪd /

noun

firmly twisted yarn or thread spun from combed, stapled wool fibers of the same length, for weaving, knitting, etc.Compare woolen.
wool cloth woven from such yarns, having a hard, smooth surface and no nap.

adjective

consisting or made of worsted.

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Origin of worsted

1250–1300; Middle English worsted(e), special use of Worstede Worstead (Old English Wurthestede), name of parish in Norfolk, England, where the cloth was made

OTHER WORDS FROM worsted

half-worsted, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for worsted

worsted
/ (ˈwʊstɪd) /

noun

a closely twisted yarn or thread made from combed long-staple wool
a fabric made from this, with a hard smooth close-textured surface and no nap
(modifier) made of this yarn or fabrica worsted suit

Word Origin for worsted

C13: named after Worstead, a district in Norfolk
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