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[weyst-klawth, -kloth] /ˈweɪstˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural waistcloths
[weyst-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈweɪstˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA)
a loincloth.
Origin of waistcloth
1605-15; waist + cloth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for waistcloth
Historical Examples
  • No covering beyond that of a waistcloth, was worn by the Javanese boatmen, and but an additional breastcloth, by the females.

  • Here, take this dollar, and tie it up in the corner of your waistcloth.

    The Call Of The South Louis Becke
  • The Dyak men wear a waistcloth which is made either of the soft inner bark of a tree, or else of cotton cloth.

    Children of Borneo Edwin Herbert Gomes
  • For instance, they have doors and verandahs to their huts, work skins perfectly, and wear a waistcloth and not a moocha.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • There we stripped off our outer garments till Bes was naked save for his waistcloth and I was clad only in a jerkin.

    The Ancient Allan H. Rider Haggard
  • He spoke quite calmly, and thrust his hands into his waistcloth to make certain that his weapons were there.

    In the grip of the Mullah F. S. Brereton
  • Not even a waistcloth can be permitted among slaves on board ship, since clothing even so slight would breed disease.

  • Quick as lightning Jim dived his hand into his waistcloth, only to discover that his father had his revolver.

    In the grip of the Mullah F. S. Brereton
  • Some village Sikhs wear a tahband or waistcloth instead of the kach.

  • He was dressed in all the dignity of a woollen shirt, with a piece of fine "tapa" for a waistcloth, feet and legs bare.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Frank T. Bullen
British Dictionary definitions for waistcloth


(obsolete) another word for loincloth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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