Fleecing a sheep.
- Fleece is defined as the fur or coat from a sheep or similar animal, or a fabric that has a similar texture.
- An example of fleece is the coat of a sheep.
- An example of fleece is the soft, warm fabric used to line hooded sweatshirts.
- To fleece is defined as to trick someone, or to shave the wool off of a animal.
- An example of fleece is to convince someone to give you a lot of money that you will give to your grandmother; however, she died years ago.
- An example of fleece is to shear a sheep.
- the wool covering a sheep or similar animal
- the amount of wool cut from a sheep in one shearing
- a covering like a sheep's, as of woolly hair
- a soft, warm, napped fabric, used for garments, linings, etc.
Origin of fleeceMiddle English flees from Old English fleos, akin to German vlies from Indo-European base an unverified form pleus-, to pluck out from source Classical Latin pluma, a feather, down
transitive verbfleeced, fleec′ing
- to shear the fleece from (sheep, etc.)
- Informal to steal from by fraud; swindle
- to cover or fleck with fleecy masses
- a. The coat of wool of a sheep or similar animal.b. The yield of wool shorn from a sheep at one time.
- A soft woolly covering or mass.
- a. A soft, warm, lightweight, usually synthetic fabric with a deep pile, used primarily for clothing and blankets.b. A garment, especially a shirt or jacket, made of such fabric.
transitive verbfleeced, fleec·ing, fleec·es
- To defraud of money or property; swindle.
- To shear the fleece from.
- To cover with a fleece or similar covering.
Origin of fleeceMiddle English fles from Old English flēos
(countable and uncountable, plural fleeces)
- (uncountable) Hair or wool of a sheep or similar animal
- (uncountable) Insulating skin with the wool attached
- (countable) A textile similar to velvet, but with a longer pile that gives it a softness and a higher sheen.
- (countable) An insulating wooly jacket
- (roofing) Mat or felts composed of fibers, sometimes used as a membrane backer.
- Any soft woolly covering resembling a fleece.
- The fine web of cotton or wool removed by the doffing knife from the cylinder of a carding machine.
(third-person singular simple present fleeces, present participle fleecing, simple past and past participle fleeced)