lint

noun

1
a
: a soft fleecy material made from linen usually by scraping
b
: fuzz consisting especially of fine ravelings and short fibers of yarn and fabric
2
: a fibrous coat of thick convoluted hairs borne by cotton seeds that yields the cotton staple
lintless adjective
linty adjective

Examples of lint in a Sentence

I always have lint in my pocket. The clothes dryer was clogged with lint.
Recent Examples on the Web Using a lint roller on upholstered pieces of furniture like couches and occasional chairs is an easy and quick way to combat the dust that settles on the fabric on the back that faces that lines the wall or any other part of the fabric as well. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 5 July 2024 Find it on Amazon This Lint Roller Is Reusable This lint roller ball nestles down into your purse or the corners of your suitcase and goes with you anywhere. Mia Meltzer, Rolling Stone, 27 June 2024 The wrong towel will leave your skin itchy, raw, and potentially covered in flecks of lint. Anamaria Glavan, Allure, 26 June 2024 His son Richard Holly, 56, followed closely behind, brushing at his dad’s suit with a lint roller to clean off any wisp of cat hair. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for lint 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of lint was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lint. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

lint

noun
1
: loose fibers or bits of thread
2
lintless adjective
linty adjective

Medical Definition

lint

noun
1
: a soft fleecy material used for poultices and dressings for wounds and made from linen usually by scraping
2
British : sterile cotton cloth used for dressings

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