A mother drys her baby with a towel.
An example of a towel is what people use to dry off after showering.
Origin of towelMiddle English towaille from Old French toaille (Fr touaille) from Frankish an unverified form thwahlja, akin to Old High German dwahila, towel from dwahan, to wash from Indo-European base an unverified form twak-, to bathe from source Old Provençal twaxtan, bath towel
transitive verb-·eled or -·elled, -·el·ing or -·el·ling
throw in the towel
verbtow·eled, tow·el·ing, tow·els, or tow·elled tow·el·ling
Origin of towelMiddle English towaille from Old French toaille of Germanic origin
- A cloth used for wiping, especially one used for drying anything wet, as a person after a bath.
(third-person singular simple present towels, present participle toweling or towelling, simple past and past participle toweled or towelled)
- To hit with a towel.
- To dry by using a towel.
- He got out of the shower and toweled himself dry.
From Middle English towel, towail, towaille, from Old French toaille (“towel") (Modern French touaille), from Frankish *Ã¾wahila (“cloth"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾wahilÅ (“wash-cloth", literally, "something used for washing"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾wahanÄ… (“to wash"), from Proto-Indo-European *tÊ·ak- (“to bathe"). Cognate with Old High German dwahila (“towel") (Modern German dialectal Zwehle), Dutch dwaal (“towel"), dweil (“mop"), Old English Ã¾wÄ“an (“to wash").