Flannel meaning

flăn'əl
A soft woven cloth of wool or a blend of wool and cotton or synthetics.
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Flannelette.
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A soft, lightweight, loosely woven woolen cloth with a slightly napped surface.
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Vague, indirect speech or writing, used as to avoid answering a question.
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To wrap or clothe in flannel.
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(uncountable) A soft cloth material woven from wool, possibly combined with cotton or synthetic fibers.

With the weather turning colder, it was time to dig out our flannel sheets and nightclothes.

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(New Zealand, UK) A washcloth.
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(slang) Soothing plausible untruth and half truth, claptrap - "Don't talk flannel"
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Made of flannel.
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To rub with a flannel.
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To flatter; suck up to.
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Origin of flannel

  • Middle English a kind of woolen cloth or garment perhaps variant of flanyn sackcloth probably from Old French flaine a kind of coarse wool
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English flaunneol, from Anglo-Norman flanelle (cf. Jersiais flianné), diminutive of Old French flaine, floene 'coarse wool', from Gaulish vlanā ‘wool’ (cf. Welsh gwlân, Breton gloan). More at wool.
    From Wiktionary