towel

1 of 2

noun

tow·​el ˈtau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce towel (audio)
: an absorbent cloth or paper for wiping or drying

towel

2 of 2

verb

toweled or towelled; toweling or towelling

transitive verb

: to rub or dry (something, such as the body) with a towel

intransitive verb

: to use a towel to dry oneself
toweled down after swimming

Examples of towel in a Sentence

Noun She dried her hair with a towel. Here's a towel to wipe up the spill.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Laughing, joking and rocking with the prowess of a man half his age, Springsteen clearly isn’t ready to throw in the towel quite yet. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 5 Apr. 2024 Hydrogen’s proponents aren’t throwing in the towel. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 After washing your utensils, towel dry them immediately to keep water from penetrating into the fibers. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 For the Filling On a baking pan, cook bacon in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes until crispy, and set aside on paper a towel to drain. Michelle Gross, Southern Living, 1 Apr. 2024 Video shows firefighters and emergency personnel delivering the child and swaddling the newborn in a white towel. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 The hotel encourages its guests to reuse sheets and towels instead of requesting a daily replacement. Susmita Baral, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2024 As Kansas freshman Jamari McDowell sat in the locker room following KU’s season-ending loss to Gonzaga in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, his face was covered by a towel. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 23 Mar. 2024 Donate linens and towels starting to thin or stained to your local animal shelter. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 21 Mar. 2024
Verb
Steering clear of sponges, scrub brushes, and cloths — or at least using them gingerly — can help, too, as can patting or blotting your skin when toweling dry. Alex Orlando, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 But downtown Miami and neighborhoods like Brickell, Wynwood ,and the latest creative hub Little River are worth toweling off for to explore. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Feb. 2024 For maximum absorption, work the product into your skin via gentle massage immediately after toweling off post-shower. Brigitt Earley, Allure, 4 Feb. 2024 The ball boys and girls toweled off the volleyballs. Linda Robertson, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The robe isn’t particularly absorbent and felt uncomfortable during our post-shower test, suggesting it’s not meant for toweling purposes. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 15 Dec. 2023 Choose terrycloth for toweling off and plush or fleece robes for lounging comfort. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 15 Dec. 2023 Wear loose clothing, towel off and take breaks during exercise, and shower immediately afterward with cold or lukewarm water. Soap, Shampoo, and Cleansers Many personal hygiene products can irritate sensitive eczema skin and strip away natural oils that keep skin moist. Karen Pallarito, Health, 18 Dec. 2023 This Lululemon yoga towel with microfiber fabric prevents your mat from becoming a slip-and-slide. Sarah Kester, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English towaille, from Anglo-French tuaille, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German dwahila towel; akin to Old High German dwahan to wash

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1839, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of towel was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Towel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/towel. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

towel

1 of 2 noun
tow·​el ˈtau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce towel (audio)
: a cloth or piece of absorbent paper for wiping or drying

towel

2 of 2 verb
toweled or towelled; toweling or towelling
: to rub or dry with a towel : use a towel to dry off

Medical Definition

towel

noun
tow·​el ˈtau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce towel (audio)
1
: an absorbent cloth or paper for wiping or drying
2
British : sanitary napkin

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