Definitions

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

  • noun A soft, light, cotton fabric of a plain weave, formerly used for undergarments.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of muslin similar to jaconet, but thicker, originally made in Bengal. It is made both plain and striped, the stripe running the length of the stuff.

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

  • noun A thick sort of jaconet muslin, plain or striped, formerly made in India.

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

  • noun A soft, fine muslin of South Asian origin, sometimes used to make baby clothes.

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

  • noun a soft lightweight muslin used especially for babies

Etymologies

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

[From Hindi nainsukh, pleasant : nain, eye (from Sanskrit nayanam, from nayati, he leads) + sukh, pleasure (from Sanskrit sukha-, running easily (of chariots), pleasant : su-, good; see (e)su- in Indo-European roots + kham, opening, axle-hole in the nave of a wheel).]

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From Hindi नैनसुख (nainsukh), from नैन (nain, "eye") + सुख (sukh, "pleasure, luxury").

Examples

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  • "She leaned back to look at the shower of colors high in the sky, cupping one knee in her hands, and as he was the only one there to see, offered him the sight of her legs, her blue garters and white nainsook knickers, while something dark and soft slid across the lake of the sky, O! she trembled in all her limbs from leaning so far back, O! the blinding flash and a cascade of stars and dew gushed out and melted in the gray air around the main in black outlined against the rock."

    The House of Ulysses by Julián Ríos, translated by Nick Caistor, p 179

    December 27, 2010

  • "eye candy"

    August 5, 2014