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

  • n. One that fulls cloth.
  • n. A hammer used by a blacksmith for grooving or spreading iron.
  • n. A groove made by such a hammer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. More full.
  • n. A person who fulls cloth.
  • n. A convex, rounded or grooved tool, used by blacksmiths for shaping metal
  • n. A groove made by such a tool (in the blade of a sword etc.).
  • v. To form a groove or channel in, by a fuller or set hammer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One whose occupation is to full cloth.
  • n. A die; a half-round set hammer, used for forming grooves and spreading iron; -- called also a creaser.
  • transitive v. To form a groove or channel in, by a fuller or set hammer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form a groove or channel in, by the action of a fuller or set-hammer: as, to fuller a bayonet.
  • n. One who fulls; one whose occupation is the fulling of cloth.
  • n. The stamp of a stamping-mill or fulling-machine.
  • n. In blacksmithing, a die; a half-round set-hammer.

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

  • n. a workman who fulls (cleans and thickens) freshly woven cloth for a living
  • n. United States jurist and chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1833-1910)
  • n. United States architect who invented the geodesic dome (1895-1983)


Possibly from full1, to pleat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From full. (Wiktionary)
From Latin fullo + -er. (Wiktionary)
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)


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  • "Worker who shrinks and thickens cloth fibers through wetting and beating the material."

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  • As if the waves had been fullers, this craft was bleached like the skeleton of a stranded walrus.

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