from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete or dialectal variant of flannel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Made or consisting of flannel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective obsolete Made of flannel.


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See -en.


  • Dressmaking didn't pay so well in the bush then as it did in the old diggings days when sewing-machines were scarce and the possession of one meant an independent living to any girl -- when diggers paid ten shillings for a strip of "flannen" doubled over and sewn together, with holes for arms and head, and called a shirt.

    Children of the Bush

  • I began therefore to look about the room, for fear somewhat or other might drop through the ceiling; while the servant that had bound up his arm in white, not scarlet-colour flannen, was soundly beaten: Now was I much out, for instead of another course, came in an order of

    The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter

  • I've b'en at Clem fur five years to buy him union suits; but he's always b'en so stuck on red flannen.

    The Best Short Stories of 1917 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story

  • An 'he had two pairs o' them white flannen britches, but hones'ly, Miz Baxter, I don't scarcely think Genesis would wear 'em, the way they is now!


  • Their sarks, instead o 'creeshie flannen, [greasy flannel]

    Robert Burns How To Know Him

  • An 'he had two pairs o' them white flannen britches, but hones'ly, Miz Baxter,

    Seventeen A Tale of Youth and Summer Time and the Baxter Family Especially William

  • It's as red as a flannen drawer, every bit an 'grain!

    Humorous Ghost Stories

  • So I knitted him a muffler for his throat and lined his weskit wi 'flannen; I brewed him hot drinks made out o' herbs I'd gethered i 'the hedgerows i' summertime, and rubbed his chest wi 'a mixture o' saim frae the pig-killing, and honey frae the bee-skeps.

    More Tales of the Ridings

  • She held up her weak arms, and gathered the little bundle o 'warm flannen into 'em; and when she got it close she shut her eyes and moved her lips, and I knew she was taking her lamb to the altar and offering it up as a sacrifice.

    The Village Watch-Tower

  • Flannel (originally flanyn or flannen) almost certainly derives from the Welsh (g) wlanen, ultimately gwln ` wool. '

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 2


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