\ ˈlint \

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 \ adjective
linty \ ˈlin-​tē \ 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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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 For dryers, that means cleaning out the lint trap on the regular (which also reduces the risk of a fire). Kaitlin Clark, Curbed, "How long household appliances should last," 1 Nov. 2018 Amazon has since removed the listings, but reports from Pocket-lint show images and details of the two new devices. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon Echo subwoofer and Alexa-capable smart plug may be on the way," 20 Sep. 2018 With Peter Townsend At Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, Princess Margaret picked a piece of lint off the lapel of her father’s former equerry, Peter Townsend. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Before Thomas Markle Spoke Out: A Look Back at the Biggest Royal Scandals in Recent History," 14 Aug. 2018 Upholstery Tool This attachment is wide and sometimes has a lint-catching fabric strip perfect for coaxing dust from sofas, chairs, mattresses, and cushions. 4. Amy Roberts, Good Housekeeping, "Every Vacuum Attachment, Demystified," 17 June 2014 His wife and his staff tended to his needs, toting his iPhone and ID badge, lint-rolling him before a TV appearance. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "California Governor Jerry Brown Is Retiring," 28 Mar. 2018 The Gleener removes all of this unwanted fuzz effortlessly, without the annoyance of using a sticky and ineffective lint roller. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "Don't Put Your Sweaters Away Before You Use This," 15 Apr. 2015

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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

: tiny pieces of cloth or another soft material

: 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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