flanneled

flannel

[flan-l]
noun
1.
a soft, slightly napped fabric of wool or wool and another fiber, used for trousers, jackets, shirts, etc.
2.
a soft, warm, light fabric of cotton or cotton and another fiber, thickly napped on one side and used for sleepwear, undergarments, sheets, etc.
3.
flannels.
a.
an outer garment, especially trousers, made of flannel.
b.
woolen undergarments.
4.
British.
a.
a washcloth.
b.
Informal. nonsense; humbug; empty talk.
c.
Informal. flattery; insincere or overdone praise.
verb (used with object), flanneled, flanneling or (especially British), flannelled, flannelling.
5.
to cover or clothe with flannel.
6.
to rub with flannel.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English flaunneol, perhaps dissimilated variant of flanyn sackcloth < Welsh; compare Welsh gwlanen woolen article, equivalent to gwlân wool (akin to Latin lāna) + -en suffix denoting a single item (as a piece of a mass noun or singular of a collective plural)

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flannel (ˈflænəl)
 
n
1.  a soft light woollen fabric with a slight nap, used for clothing
2.  (plural) trousers or other garments made of flannel
3.  See cotton flannel
4.  (Brit) US and Canadian equivalent: washcloth a small piece of cloth used to wash the face and hands; face cloth
5.  informal (Brit) indirect or evasive talk; deceiving flattery
 
vb , -nels, -nelling, -nelled, -nels, -neling, -neled
6.  to cover or wrap with flannel
7.  to rub, clean, or polish with flannel
8.  informal (Brit) to talk evasively to; flatter in order to mislead
 
[C14: probably variant of flanen sackcloth, from Welsh gwlanen woollen fabric, from gwlân wool]
 
'flannelly
 
adj

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flannel
1503, from Welsh gwlanen "woolen cloth," from gwlan "wool." Not a universally accepted etymology; some suggest an Anglo-Fr. dim. of O.Fr. flaine "a kind of coarse wool."
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