Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A twilled woolen fabric, sometimes with a cotton warp, used for coats.
  • noun A garment made of this fabric.
  • noun A woolen, often ribbed fabric formerly used for hose and trousers.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of coarse woolen cloth, usually ribbed, made from long wool
  • Made of kersey-cloth.
  • Hence Homespun; homely.

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

  • noun A kind of coarse, woolen cloth, usually ribbed, woven from wool of long staple.

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

  • noun A type of rough woollen cloth.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English kersei, after Kersey, a village of southeast England.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Perhaps from the village of Kersey, Suffolk.

Examples

  • He wadded the kersey into the wound, then got his one good arm underneath Jesse.

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  • February 15, 2005 13: 21 davon kersey: yo this twin .u got a nice flo .u flowed wit my bro last year at the football game. i go to hshs. holla at ya boi ma

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  • He wadded the kersey into the wound, then got his one good arm underneath Jesse.

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  • And his dress, in her opinion, was enough to frighten a hodman, of a scavenger of the roads, instead of the decent suit of kersey, or of Sabbath doeskins, such as had won the respect and reverence of his fellow-townsmen.

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  • Near Panurge, with his kersey coat, its hair used to turn grey; near Pantagruel, with his scarlet mantle, its hair and skin grew red; near the pilot, dressed after the fashion of the Isiacs of Anubis in Egypt, its hair seemed all white, which two last colours the chameleons cannot borrow.

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  • Near Panurge, with his kersey coat, its hair used to turn grey; near Pantagruel, with his scarlet mantle, its hair and skin grew red; near the pilot, dressed after the fashion of the Isiacs of Anubis in Egypt, its hair seemed all white, which two last colours the chameleons cannot borrow.

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  • Uniform cloth -- Cloth suitable for uniforms, usually a stout, fulled, woolen cloth, similar to kersey.

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  • The best dress livery is a frock coat, single-breasted, of kersey, the color of your livery; white buckskin riding breeches, top boots, top hat, white plastron, standing collar, and brown driving gloves.

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  • The fashionable overcoat in winter is a Chesterfield or single-breasted frock of kersey or like material in brown, blue, or black, with velvet collar.

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  • Rather would we choose the "russet Yeas and honest kersey Noes" of sturdy yeoman speech; and cheerfully taking the head of our well-stocked table, ask in homely terms that

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