An example of cotton used in an adjective is in the phrase "cotton suit."
A dog that didn't cotton to strangers; an administration that will cotton up to the most repressive of regimes.
An example of cotton is the stuffing inside a teddy bear.
- to begin to comprehend (something)
- to become drawn to; take a liking to
- to try to ingratiate oneself, or make friends, with
Origin of cotton
- Middle English cotoun from Old French coton from Old Italian cotone from Arabic quṭn, quṭun qṭn in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Cognate to Dutch katoen, German Kattun, Italian cotone, Spanish algodón, and Portuguese algodão.
- Old English cot-tūn (“cottage farmstead”), from cot (“cottage”) + tūn (“homestead”)
- Hebrew קָתָן (katan, “small”)