Lint Definition

Scraped and softened linen formerly used as a dressing for wounds.
Webster's New World
Bits of thread, ravelings, or fluff from cloth or yarn, specif., such fluff caught by a removable screen in a clothes dryer.
Webster's New World
Cotton fiber used to make yarn.
Webster's New World
The waste cotton remaining after ginning.
Webster's New World
To give off lint or fluff.
Webster's New World

Origin of Lint

  • Middle English variant of linet (from Old French linette grain of flax) (diminutive of lin flax) or from Medieval Latin linteum lint (from Latin linen cloth) both from Latin līnum flax lī̆no- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English linet, from Old French linette (“grain of flax"), diminutive of lin (“flax"); or, from Medieval Latin linteum, from Latin lÄ«num (“flax").

    From Wiktionary

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