\ ˈflēs How to pronounce fleece (audio) \

Definition of fleece

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the coat of wool covering a wool-bearing animal (such as a sheep)
b : the wool obtained from a sheep at one shearing
2a : any of various soft or woolly coverings
b : a soft bulky deep-piled knitted or woven fabric used chiefly for clothing


fleeced; fleecing

Definition of fleece (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to strip of money or property by fraud or extortion
b : to charge excessively for goods or services
2 : to remove the fleece from : shear
3 : to dot or cover with fleecy masses

Examples of fleece in a Sentence

Noun learning how to shear the fleece off a sheep Verb Don't let that salesman fleece you. an unsuspecting tourist fleeced by a scam artist
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The lightweight fleece still has a place in my heart as mid-layer insulation between a base layer and shell jacket (or rain jackets). Matt Jancer, Wired, 3 Feb. 2022 From Amazon’s new carbon-neutral Aware line comes this cozy crewneck fleece sweatshirt. Thomas Hindle, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Mar. 2022 Still, few could deny how cozy Kardashian and Davidson look in their coordinated fleece. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 18 Nov. 2021 At Outdoor Retailer’s 2020 winter show, Patagonia announced its new R1 Air line of layers—the first big update to its flagship fleece in two decades. Jeremy Rellosa, Outside Online, 19 Feb. 2021 The interior is lined with fleece for an extra-soft feeling. Sam Dangremond And Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 21 Apr. 2022 From memory foam couches to wrap-around cradles with fleece to platform styles, there’s much to choose from. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 The mostly-cotton material is smooth against the skin, and the kangaroo pocket is lined with fleece. Thomas Hindle, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2022 Another plaid option, the #FollowMe Buffalo Plaid Matching Pajamas include a black long-sleeve shirt made from cotton and polyester, red and black plaid pants made from polyester fleece, and a pair of matching fuzzy socks. Eden Lichterman, PEOPLE.com, 12 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The My Body author and her husband Bear-McClard proved that couples who fleece together, stay together while on a stroll in New York. Eni Subair, Vogue, 10 May 2022 At the news, Lady Featherington gives Jack the go-ahead to fleece Colin out of an investment. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 26 Mar. 2022 Of late, Hollywood has released series after series about women who built enviable careers on a myth only to fail and fleece their followers in the process. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2022 Many gamers saw the introduction of in-game economies and cryptocurrencies as a way to fleece them, by making splurging on NFTs compulsory to play, or do so on equal footing with other players. Gian M. Volpicelli, Wired, 31 Jan. 2022 Similarly gifted in this department is slinky psychoanalyst Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett), who believes her confessional access and his con artistery could combine nicely to fleece her elite clientele. Guy Lodge, Rolling Stone, 16 Dec. 2021 There's also no evidence the organizers are looking to fleece unsuspecting rubes, unlike Trump University. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 9 Nov. 2021 That means drugmakers would still keep trying to fleece insurers with ridiculous list prices, insurers in turn would keep raising people’s premiums, and the middlemen would keep serving themselves larger portions of the financial pie. Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Finally, rapid testing manufacturers, many of whom have received billions in funding and support from the federal government, cannot be allowed to fleece consumers by raising prices and filling corporate orders first. Abdul El-sayed, The New Republic, 30 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fleece


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fleece


Middle English flees, from Old English flēos; akin to Middle High German vlius fleece and perhaps to Latin pluma feather, down

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

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\ ˈflēs How to pronounce fleece (audio) \

Kids Definition of fleece

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the woolly coat of an animal and especially a sheep


fleeced; fleecing

Kids Definition of fleece (Entry 2 of 2)

: to rob or cheat by trickery

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