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
- 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.
- To rub or wipe with a towel.
- To cudgel; lam.
- To use a towel; rub or wipe with a towel.
- 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
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)