noun tow·el \ˈta(-ə)l\

: a piece of cloth used for drying things

Full Definition of TOWEL

:  an absorbent cloth or paper for wiping or drying

Examples of TOWEL

  1. She dried her hair with a towel.
  2. Here's a towel to wipe up the spill.

Origin of TOWEL

Middle English towaille, from Anglo-French tuaille, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German dwahila towel; akin to Old High German dwahan to wash
First Known Use: 13th century



: to dry (something) with a towel

toweled or towelledtowel·ing or towel·ling

Full Definition of TOWEL

transitive verb
:  to rub or dry (as the body) with a towel
intransitive verb
:  to use a towel to dry oneself <toweled down after swimming>

First Known Use of TOWEL

circa 1839

Rhymes with TOWEL


noun tow·el \ˈta(-ə)l\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TOWEL

:  an absorbent cloth or paper for wiping or drying
British :  sanitary napkin


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