An example of a towel is what people use to dry off after showering.
He got out of the shower and toweled himself dry.
A dish towel, a bath towel.
- to admit defeat
- to dry oneself, as after bathing
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 *Ã¾wahila (“cloth"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾wahilÅ (“wash-cloth", literally, "something used for washing"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾wahanÄ… (“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 Ã¾wÄ“an (“to wash").