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worsted

[woo s-tid, wur-stid] /ˈwʊs tɪd, ˈwɜr stɪd/
noun
1.
firmly twisted yarn or thread spun from combed, stapled wool fibers of the same length, for weaving, knitting, etc.
Compare woolen.
2.
wool cloth woven from such yarns, having a hard, smooth surface and no nap.
adjective
3.
consisting or made of worsted.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English worsted(e), special use of Worstede Worstead (Old English Wurthestede), name of parish in Norfolk, England, where the cloth was made
Related forms
half-worsted, adjective
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worsted

/ˈwʊstɪd/
noun
1.
a closely twisted yarn or thread made from combed long-staple wool
2.
a fabric made from this, with a hard smooth close-textured surface and no nap
3.
(modifier) made of this yarn or fabric: a worsted suit
Word Origin
C13: named after Worstead, a district in Norfolk
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Word Origin and History for half-worsted

worsted

n.

woolen fabric made from twisted yarn, late 13c., from Worstead (Old English Wurðestede), town in Norfolk where the cloth originally was made.

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