Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A piece of absorbent cloth or paper used for wiping or drying.
  • transitive v. To wipe or rub dry with a towel.
  • intransitive v. To dry oneself with a towel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cloth used for wiping, especially one used for drying anything wet, as a person after a bath.
  • v. To hit with a towel.
  • v. To dry by using a towel.
  • v. To beat with a stick.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cloth used for wiping, especially one used for drying anything wet, as the person after a bath.
  • transitive v. To beat with a stick.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rub or wipe with a towel.
  • To cudgel; lam.
  • To use a towel; rub or wipe with a towel.
  • n. A cloth used for wiping anything dry; especially, a cloth for drying the person after bathing or washing.
  • n. Eccles.:
  • n. The rich covering of silk and gold which used to be laid over the top of the altar except during mass.
  • n. A linen altarcloth.
  • n. Same as tewel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. wipe with a towel
  • n. a rectangular piece of absorbent cloth (or paper) for drying or wiping

Etymologies

Middle English towaille, from Old French toaille, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English towel, towail, towaille, from Old French toaille ("towel") (Modern French touaille), from Frankish *þwahila (“cloth”), from Proto-Germanic *þwahilō (“wash-cloth", literally, "something used for washing”), from Proto-Germanic *þwahanan (“to wash”), from Proto-Indo-European *tʷak- (“to bathe”). Cognate with Old High German dwahila ("towel") (Modern German dialectal Zwehle), Dutch dwaal ("towel"), dweil ("mop"), Old English þwēan ("to wash"). (Wiktionary)

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