soft tissue paper used as a handkerchief, etc.
Origin of Kleenexarbitrary alteration from clean + -ex, arbitrary suffix
[occas.k-] a piece of such paper
A trademark for a soft facial tissue.
- (North America) A generic term for any type of disposable tissue.
- Could you hand me a kleenex? My nose is running.
From the name of brand of tissues trademarked by Cellucotton Products Company (now Kimberly-Clark) in 1924–25. Alteration of clean + -ex.