\ 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

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Other Words from lint

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

Synonyms for lint


down, floss, fluff, fur, fuzz, nap, pile

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Examples of lint in a Sentence

I always have lint in my pocket. The clothes dryer was clogged with lint.

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Curry and Drake had a brief friendly exchange during the game, and Drake clearly picked some lint from a towel out of Curry’s hair Moments later, the rapper was smack talking to Golden State forward Draymond Green who walked near Drake. Terry Collins, Fortune, "The Drake Effect: Brilliant Brand Ambassador or Annoying NBA Superfan?," 5 June 2019 Wet the silver and apply the paste with a soft, lint-free cloth. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Jewelry Like a Pro," 7 May 2019 With time, some of my favorite pieces — sweaters, leggings, and knits, especially — start to pill, resulting in tens — if not, hundreds — of annoying lint balls and fuzzies. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "This $11 Fabric Defuzzer Brought All of My Clothes Back to Life," 18 Apr. 2019 View this post on Instagram Berry Blonde - also, sos need a lint roller. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Lucy Hale Has Brown Hair Again—This Time, With a Razor-Sharp Bob," 12 Mar. 2019 And unlike dryers with their lint traps, washing machines don’t have filters to catch that shedding, so the fibers instead get carried away with wastewater, Deheyn explains. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "Your Yoga Pants Are Polluting the Water You Drink," 19 Dec. 2018 This is one of the biggest causes of burning after inserting a contact lens, Dr. Fleming says: An eyelash, dust, lint, or even flecks of makeup could be stuck on your lens and bothering you. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Why Your Eyes Are Burning When You Put In Your Contacts," 10 Oct. 2018 Over time, sweaters fuzz up and start pilling around the sleeves and sides, and woolier fabrics will hold onto lint and other kinds of debris. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "Don't Put Your Sweaters Away Before You Use This," 15 Apr. 2015 Wet the silver and apply the cleaner with a soft, lint-free cloth (not paper towels, which can scratch). Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Silver and Prevent Tarnish," 20 Nov. 2018

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

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English Language Learners Definition of lint

chiefly US : tiny pieces of cloth or another soft material
British : a soft material that is used for covering and protecting cuts and wounds


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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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