American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A piece of absorbent cloth or paper used for wiping or drying.
- v. To wipe or rub dry with a towel.
- v. To dry oneself with a towel.
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.
- 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. UK, dialect, obsolete To beat with a stick.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cloth used for wiping, especially one used for drying anything wet, as the person after a bath.
- v. Prov. Eng. To beat with a stick.
- v. wipe with a towel
- n. a rectangular piece of absorbent cloth (or paper) for drying or wiping
- 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)
- Middle English towaille, from Old French toaille, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Michael Carrick insists Manchester United have not thrown in the title towel just yet.”
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