\ ˈlint How to pronounce lint (audio) \

Definition of lint

1a : 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

Other Words from lint

lintless \ ˈlint-​ləs How to pronounce lint (audio) \ adjective
linty \ ˈlin-​tē How to pronounce lint (audio) \ adjective

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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 This reusable swap helps reduce wrinkles, catches pet hair and lint, and can even dry your clothing faster than dryer sheets. Lauren Krueger, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2022 The Ruri Portable Lint Remover is obviously a great tool for getting rid of lint and pills, but several shoppers swear by it as a pet hair remover, too. Carly Kulzer,, 5 Mar. 2022 There is no formal medical term to describe the dead skin cells, sweat, sock lint and dirt that combine in the small and often cramped spaces between our toes. Caroline Robinson And Luke Donnan, CNN, 1 May 2022 Bahnsen ran a lint-roller over a few pieces backstage. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2022 Jean-Marc slipped off his Ray-Bans and brushed a speck of lint off his Iggy Pop T-shirt. Malina Saval, Variety, 28 Dec. 2021 In the clip below, we're introduced to Marcel (voiced by Jenny Slate), an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet lint, Alan. Lauren Huff,, 5 Apr. 2022 Instead of trying to use lint rollers to clean your furniture, turn to something more compact and convenient like a handheld vacuum that's specifically designed to pick up stubborn pet hair and dander. Carly Kulzer,, 4 Mar. 2022 License plates, laundry lint, losing lottery tickets. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lint

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

History and Etymology for lint

Middle English

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18 May 2022

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“Lint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of lint

1 : loose bits of thread


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Medical Definition of lint

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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