fleece

1 of 2

noun

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

fleece

2 of 2

verb

fleeced; fleecing

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
Alpacas grow their fleece to between 3 and 8 inches and the Black Barn herd is sheared annually each April. Lizzy Alspach, Baltimore Sun, 3 July 2024 This robe is no exception thanks to its silky double-face fleece knit, shawl collar hood, and pockets. Madison Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Feb. 2024
Verb
Even in the context of this article, streaming was once cable and is slowly picking that model back up after years of trying to create something different, fleecing workers and consumers in the process. Harrison Richlin, IndieWire, 15 July 2024 However, Albany has fleeced transit every year for the past 30 years by reclassifying regional taxes earmarked for agencies, like the MTA, as money already contributed by the state. Diane Di Stasio, New York Daily News, 30 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for fleece 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of fleece was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fleece.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleece. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

fleece

1 of 2 noun
1
: the woolly coat of an animal (as a sheep)
2
a
: any of various soft or woolly coverings
b
: a soft bulky knitted or woven fabric used especially for clothing
fleecy
ˈflē-sē
adjective

fleece

2 of 2 verb
fleeced; fleecing
1
: to rob by trickery
2
: to remove the fleece from : shear

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