- The definition of a towel is an absorbent cloth or paper used for washing and drying off.
An example of a towel is what people use to dry off after showering.
A mother drys her baby with a towel.
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 ProvenÃ§al twaxtan, bath towel
throw in the towelor toss in the towel
verbtow·eled, tow·el·ing, tow·els or tow·elled or 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 *þwahila (“cloth”), from Proto-Germanic *þwahilō (“wash-cloth", literally, "something used for washing”), from Proto-Germanic *þwahaną (“to wash”), from Proto-Indo-European *tʷak- (“to bathe”). Cognate with Old High German dwahila (“towel”) (Modern German dialectal Zwehle), Dutch dwaal (“towel”), dweil (“mop”), Old English þwēan (“to wash”).