Adam's flannel
Flannel Flan"nel (fl[a^]n"n[e^]l), n. [F. flanelle, cf. OF. flaine a pillowcase, a mattress (?); fr. W. gwlanen flannel, fr. gwlan wool; prob. akin to E. wool. Cf. {Wool}.] 1. A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. a cotton fabric with a thick nap on one side, resembling flannel[1]; it is used, e. g. for underwear or sheets; also called {flanellette}. [PJC]

3. pl. garments made of flannel, especially underwear. [PJC]

4. a washcloth. [Brit.] [PJC]

5. humbug; nonsensical or evasive talk. [Brit. informal] [PJC]

6. insincere flattery or praise. [Brit. informal] [PJC]

{Adam's flannel}. (Bot.) See under {Adam}.

{Canton flannel}, {Cotton flannel}. See {Cotton flannel}, under {Cotton}. [1913 Webster]


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  • adam's flannel — noun Usage: usually capitalized A Etymology: so called from the texture of the leaves : mullein * * * Adam s flannel noun Mullein • • • Main Entry: ↑Adam * * * Adam s Flannel Herb. The Great Mullein (V …   Useful english dictionary

  • Adam's ale — Adam Ad am, n. 1. The name given in the Bible to the first man, the progenitor of the human race. [1913 Webster] 2. (As a symbol) Original sin; human frailty. [1913 Webster] And whipped the offending Adam out of him. Shak. [1913 Webster] {Adam s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Adam's apple — Adam Ad am, n. 1. The name given in the Bible to the first man, the progenitor of the human race. [1913 Webster] 2. (As a symbol) Original sin; human frailty. [1913 Webster] And whipped the offending Adam out of him. Shak. [1913 Webster] {Adam s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Adam's needle — Adam Ad am, n. 1. The name given in the Bible to the first man, the progenitor of the human race. [1913 Webster] 2. (As a symbol) Original sin; human frailty. [1913 Webster] And whipped the offending Adam out of him. Shak. [1913 Webster] {Adam s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flannel — Flan nel (fl[a^]n n[e^]l), n. [F. flanelle, cf. OF. flaine a pillowcase, a mattress (?); fr. W. gwlanen flannel, fr. gwlan wool; prob. akin to E. wool. Cf. {Wool}.] 1. A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Adam — Ad am, n. 1. The name given in the Bible to the first man, the progenitor of the human race. [1913 Webster] 2. (As a symbol) Original sin; human frailty. [1913 Webster] And whipped the offending Adam out of him. Shak. [1913 Webster] {Adam s ale} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Canton flannel — Flannel Flan nel (fl[a^]n n[e^]l), n. [F. flanelle, cf. OF. flaine a pillowcase, a mattress (?); fr. W. gwlanen flannel, fr. gwlan wool; prob. akin to E. wool. Cf. {Wool}.] 1. A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cotton flannel — Flannel Flan nel (fl[a^]n n[e^]l), n. [F. flanelle, cf. OF. flaine a pillowcase, a mattress (?); fr. W. gwlanen flannel, fr. gwlan wool; prob. akin to E. wool. Cf. {Wool}.] 1. A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flanellette — Flannel Flan nel (fl[a^]n n[e^]l), n. [F. flanelle, cf. OF. flaine a pillowcase, a mattress (?); fr. W. gwlanen flannel, fr. gwlan wool; prob. akin to E. wool. Cf. {Wool}.] 1. A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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