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[duhf-uh l] /ˈdʌf əl/
a camper's clothing and equipment.
a coarse woolen cloth having a thick nap, used for coats, blankets, etc.
Also, duffle.
Origin of duffel
1640-50; after Duffel, a town near Antwerp Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for duffel
  • Hundreds of these people dumped big huge duffel bags full of cash into that head office.
  • So she carried it in a duffel bag in her trunk for a week, while she and her boyfriend considered what to do.
  • Out from duffel bags came the gear: the knee, elbow and shin pads, the padded gloves and the helmets.
  • He insisted that he could account for every odd tote bag, duffel and valise.
  • Students carrying suitcases and duffel bags began leaving the campus this afternoon.
  • The room is as sealed as a box and his duffel bag an invisible threat in a corner.
  • duffel, an online tool and mobile app, allows users to gather all their trip planning research in one user-friendly space.
  • Tuck-away shoulder straps make this duffel into a backpack on the fly.
  • He travels with a green duffel bag stuffed with nonfiction books about military campaigns and political affairs.
  • Pack an extra duffel bag and a few sheets of bubble wrap for souvenirs.
British Dictionary definitions for duffel


a heavy woollen cloth with a thick nap
(mainly US & Canadian) equipment or supplies, esp those of a camper
Word Origin
C17: after Duffel, Belgian town
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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see duffle.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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