\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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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 Staying ahead of the grit, dust, and lint in your home can (literally) suck. Amy Roberts, Good Housekeeping, "Shop Smart: The Best Vacuum Cleaner for Your Home," 13 June 2014 The vent on a clothes dryer can become clogged with lint over time, causing the dryer to dry less efficiently and resulting in dangerous house fires. Melissa Rolland,, "Chores To Keep Your House In Check," 24 Apr. 2018 Clothes Sorry pup, until the clouds of fur pass, lint rollers and their equivalents are my new best friends. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Secrets for Removing Pet Hair From Yourself, Your Furniture and More," 12 Apr. 2018 So the name of the record is Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa — wool-las-two-wi-ig lint-two-wah-gun-ah-wa. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Jeremy Dutcher Aims to Disrupt 'Anglo-Centric Music Narrative' With Wolastoq-Language Album: Premiere," 5 Apr. 2018 As if keeping a water bowl filled at all times and stocking up on lint rollers can somehow prepare you for the (literal) crapstorm that hits town the instant a child is pulled from your body. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "12 Hilarious Tips For Moms-to-Be," 1 June 2012 For non-bird-poop cleanings, will a lint roller do? Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "16 Questions for Khloé Kardashian's New Velvet-Wrapped Car," 28 Sep. 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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