towel

noun
tow·​el | \ˈtau̇(-ə)l \

Definition of towel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an absorbent cloth or paper for wiping or drying

towel

verb
toweled or towelled; toweling or towelling

Definition of towel (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Fry until golden brown, about 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack set over a paper towel. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Churros with Chocolate-Caramel Sauce," 2 Oct. 2018 Another thoughtful addition is the bright orange gear hooks and paper towel roll, since there’s nothing worse than having nowhere to hang wet items after an outing. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Custom camper van merges sleek design with space for gear," 3 Aug. 2018 Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to paper towels as they are done. Seamus Mullen, Bon Appetit, "Poached Eggs in Chicken Broth with Mixed Vegetables," 25 June 2018 The line has all of the essentials, like, truly all of them — from cookware to towels to dining room tables and bedding. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Target's New Home Line Has Officially Launched," 25 June 2018 There was no exchange with anybody, not with the mayors and in fact, this terrible abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people. Fox News, "Watters' Words: The lying left," 24 June 2018 Remove to paper towels to drain. Arrange lettuce and arugula on plates. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Asparagus still rolling in — so many reasons to love it," 10 June 2018 Using a slotted spoon, transfer the crispy sausage to paper towels to drain. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Culinary SOS: 'Heirloom tomato' bagna cauda, lap cheong, crème fraîche, fines herbes," 31 May 2018 The indigo special edition is the result of a partnership with Hawaiian Blue, a pair of artists who use indigo to hand-dye everything from dresses to dish towels. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "How OluKai Makes Its Hand-Dyed Indigo Kicks," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Two tips for curly hair: Leave a little bit of conditioner in after rinsing, and never towel-dry. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Beat the Heat! How 6 Models Maintain Their Signature Spirals," 13 Aug. 2018 Apply on clean skin for no longer than the instructions say (usually six to eight minutes), then towel it off. Cristina Mueller, Redbook, "Q& Triple A: I have little hairs around my chin and upper lip. Help!," 10 Jan. 2011 Swimmers can reduce the risk of getting the itch by toweling off after going in the water and swimming in colder water, away from shore. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Feel like a swim? Here’s the lowdown on Anchorage lakes," 4 July 2018 For fun that doesn’t involve having to towel off, Great Wolf created a 40,000-square-foot adventure park that includes a climbing wall, ropes course and nine-hole minigolf course. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "First look: Great Wolf Lodge Illinois ready to welcome guests, Chance the Rapper," 21 June 2018 For fun that doesn’t involve having to towel off, Great Wolf created a 40,000-square-foot adventure park that includes a climbing wall, ropes course and nine-hole minigolf course. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Chance the Rapper leads camp kids in test run at Great Wolf Lodge, Gurnee's newly renovated water park," 21 June 2018 Then on Monday, they were photographed toweling off after a swim. Jeff Nelson, PEOPLE.com, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Step Out as Source Says He 'Has No Contact' with Selena Gomez," 13 June 2018 Visitors can get a haircut and peruse displays of antique and vintage barber equipment, from chairs and striped poles to towel steamers and straight razors. New York Times, "'Barbering Is an Art’," 4 May 2018 Step 5: Allow test sites to dry completely without toweling. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "Sunscreen sun protection factor (SPF) testing methods explained," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of towel

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1839, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for towel

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

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towel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of towel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of cloth used for drying things

towel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of towel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to dry (something) with a towel

towel

noun
tow·​el | \ˈtau̇-əl \

Kids Definition of towel

: a cloth or piece of absorbent paper for wiping or drying

towel

noun
tow·​el | \ˈtau̇(-ə)l \

Medical Definition of towel 

1 : an absorbent cloth or paper for wiping or drying

2 British : sanitary napkin

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