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duffel

or duffle

[duhf-uh l] /ˈdʌf əl/
noun
1.
a camper's clothing and equipment.
2.
a coarse woolen cloth having a thick nap, used for coats, blankets, etc.
Origin of duffel
1640-1650
1640-50; after Duffel, a town near Antwerp
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  • Big Hogey got up and staggered around in front of the bus, clutching at it for support, losing his duffle bag.

    The Hoofer Walter M. Miller
  • Two birch-bark canoes are loaded with our tents, duffle and provisions.

    Days in the Open Lathan A. Crandall
  • Thus refreshed, thongs were tightened, duffle packed, and they were once more ready for the trail.

  • Then I packed my duffle and went to the little inn for breakfast.

    Fishing With The Fly Charles F. Orvis and Others
  • Astern towed the two dugouts, loaded deep down with “duffle.”

  • Smilax had opened our duffle and hung out several things to air.

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
  • They landed and were soon headed up the stream, laden with their canoes and duffle bags.

    Bob Hunt in Canada George W. Orton
  • Shortly after breakfast they had all their duffle packed and they were off.

    Bob Hunt in Canada George W. Orton
  • Yuma had taken the most essential things from his duffle and left the rest.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
British Dictionary definitions for duffle

duffel

/ˈdʌfəl/
noun
1.
a heavy woollen cloth with a thick nap
2.
(mainly US & Canadian) equipment or supplies, esp those of a camper
Word Origin
C17: after Duffel, Belgian town
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Word Origin and History for duffle
n.

1670s, from Dutch duffel, from Duffel, town in Brabant where the cloth was originally sold. Duffel bag is American English, first recorded 1917 in a letter of e e cummings.

duffel

see duffle.

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