Towel meaning

touəl
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.

noun
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To dry by using a towel.

He got out of the shower and toweled himself dry.

verb
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A cloth used for wiping, especially one used for drying anything wet, as a person after a bath.
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To wipe or dry with a towel.
verb
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A piece of absorbent cloth or paper used for wiping or drying.
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To wipe or rub dry with a towel.
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To dry oneself with a towel.
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A piece of absorbent cloth or paper for wiping or drying things, or for drying oneself after washing or bathing.

A dish towel, a bath towel.

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To hit with a towel.
verb
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throw in the towel
  • to admit defeat
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towel off
  • to dry oneself, as after bathing
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of towel

  • Middle English towaille from Old French toaille of Germanic origin

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

  • 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 *þwahanÄ… (“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 þwÄ“an (“to wash").

    From Wiktionary