1

fleece

noun \ ˈflēs \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of fleece

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

Examples of fleece in a Sentence

  1. learning how to shear the fleece off a sheep

Recent Examples of fleece from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fleece.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of fleece

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

fleece Synonyms

Synonyms
coat, fur, hair, jacket, pelage, pile, wool
Related Words
undercoat, underfur; hide, leather, pelt, skin

Other Textiles Terms


2

fleece

verb

Definition of fleece

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

  1. Don't let that salesman fleece you.

  2. an unsuspecting tourist fleeced by a scam artist

Recent Examples of fleece from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fleece.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of fleece

1537

fleece Synonyms

Synonyms
beat, bilk, bleed, cheat, chisel, chouse, con, cozen, defraud, diddle, do, do in, euchre, fiddle, flimflam, gaff, gyp, hose [slang], hustle, mulct, nobble [British slang], pluck, ream, rip off, rook, screw, shake down, short, shortchange, skin, skunk, squeeze, stick, stiff, sting, sucker, swindle, thimblerig, victimize, sell a bill of goods to, take for a ride, take to the cleaners
Related Words
extort, wrench, wrest, wring; clip, gouge, nick, overcharge, soak; exploit, milk; deceive, dupe, fool, gull, trick; rope (in); betray, bitch, double-cross; bamboozle, fast-talk

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


FLEECE Defined for English Language Learners

fleece

noun

Definition of fleece for English Language Learners

  • : the woolly coat of a sheep

  • : a soft cloth that is used to make warm clothes

  • : a jacket made from this cloth


fleece

verb

Definition of fleece for English Language Learners

  • : to deceive and take money from (someone)


FLEECE Defined for Kids

1

fleece

noun \ ˈflēs \

Definition of fleece for Students

:the woolly coat of an animal and especially a sheep

2

fleece

verb

Definition of fleece for Students

fleeced; fleecing
:to rob or cheat by trickery


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up fleece? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to praise usually to excess

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!