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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
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British Dictionary definitions for duffle


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
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Word Origin and History for duffle

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.


see duffle.

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