- a soft, lightweight, loosely woven woolen cloth with a slightly napped surface
- cotton flannel
- trousers, etc. made of light flannel
- heavy woolen underwear
- Brit., Informal vague, indirect speech or writing, used as to avoid answering a question
Origin of flannelME, akin to or from flanen from Welsh gwlanen from gwlan, wool from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, hair, wool
transitive verb-·neled or -·nelled, -·nel·ing or -·nel·ling
- A soft woven cloth of wool or a blend of wool and cotton or synthetics.
- flannels a. Outer clothing, especially pants, made of this cloth.b. Underclothing made of this cloth.
Origin of flannelMiddle English a kind of woolen cloth or garment perhaps variant of flanyn sackcloth probably from Old French flaine a kind of coarse wool
(countable and uncountable, plural flannels)
- (uncountable) A soft cloth material woven from wool, possibly combined with cotton or synthetic fibers.
- With the weather turning colder, it was time to dig out our flannel sheets and nightclothes.
- (New Zealand, UK) A washcloth.
- (slang) Soothing plausible untruth and half truth, claptrap - "Don't talk flannel"
- made of flannel
(third-person singular simple present flannels, present participle flanneling, simple past and past participle flanneled)
- to rub with a flannel
- to flatter; suck up to