duf·​fel | \ ˈdə-fəl How to pronounce duffel (audio) \
variants: or duffle

Definition of duffel

1 : a coarse heavy woolen material with a thick nap
2 : transportable personal belongings, equipment, and supplies

Examples of duffel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What’s really troubling, Ramirez said, is that plants stuffed in duffel bags and left in warehouses develop mold or fungus on the leaves, a distasteful thought for people looking to use white sage for medicinal reasons. Jeanette Marantosstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 This roomy duffel is hardy enough to lug gym gear or ferry his cargo for a weekend in the country and is guaranteed to attract approving nods from in-the-know menswear aficionados. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 16 Nov. 2021 The duffel is lightweight, zips entirely flat for storage or travel, and features one deep interior pocket and one exterior quick-access pocket. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Forbes, 11 June 2021 With two gray duffel bags between them, Besidovska, her daughter and her 20-year-old sister, Marina, headed by bus to Lviv, a major city near the Polish border that has been a gateway to safety since the war began. Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2022 The items that will be exempted include certain kinds of bicycle parts, electric motors, machinery, chemicals, seafood and duffel bags. Josh Zumbrun, wsj.com, 23 Mar. 2022 Others lug their gear in rolling suitcases or duffel bags. Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2022 There’s also a smaller duffel that snaps in and out of the bag too, like Russian nesting dolls of organization. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 1 June 2021 Law enforcement unloaded a heap of military gear from the suspects' car, including green duffel bags and what appears to be body armor plates, according to pictures taken by Reuters. Paul Best, Fox News, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of duffel

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for duffel

Dutch duffel, from Duffel, Belgium

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Last Updated

24 Apr 2022

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“Duffel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duffel. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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