flannel vs washrag what difference

what is difference between flannel and washrag

English

Alternative forms

  • flannen (dialectal)
  • flanan, flanning, flanen (Scotland)

Etymology

From Middle English flaunneol, from Anglo-Norman flanelle (compare Norman flianné), diminutive of Old French flaine, floene (coarse wool), from Gaulish, from Proto-Celtic *wlānos, *wlanā (wool) (compare Welsh gwlân, Breton gloan), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wĺ̥h₁neh₂. More at wool.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈflænəl/
  • Rhymes: -ænəl
  • Hyphenation: flan‧nel

Noun

flannel (countable and uncountable, plural flannels)

  1. (uncountable) A soft cloth material originally woven from wool, today often combined with cotton or synthetic fibers.
    With the weather turning colder, it was time to dig out our flannel sheets and nightclothes.
    • 2012, Tom Lamont, How Mumford & Sons became the biggest band in the world (in The Daily Telegraph, 15 November 2012)[1]
      First singer and guitarist Marcus Mumford, wearing a black suit, then bassist Ted Dwane, in leather bomber and T-shirt. Next bearded banjo player Winston Marshall, his blue flannel shirt hanging loose, and pianist Ben Lovett, wrapped in a woollen coat.
  2. (New Zealand, Australia, Britain, countable) A washcloth.
  3. (US, countable) A flannel shirt.
  4. (slang, uncountable) Soothing, plausible untruth or half-truth; claptrap.
    Don’t talk flannel!

Derived terms

Descendants

  • Chinese:
    • Mandarin: 法蘭絨 (fǎlánróng)
  • Danish: flannel
  • French: flanelle (see there for further descendants)
  • Japanese: フランネル (furaneru)

Translations

Adjective

flannel (not comparable)

  1. Made of flannel.

Translations

Verb

flannel (third-person singular simple present flannels, present participle flanneling or flannelling, simple past and past participle flanneled or flannelled)

  1. (transitive) To rub with a flannel.
  2. (transitive) To wrap in flannel.
  3. (transitive) To flatter; to suck up to.

Anagrams

  • fannell

Danish

Etymology

From English flannel. Cognate to flonel and to Welsh gwlân (wool).

Noun

flannel

  1. soft, slightly scratched woven fabric made of wool

References

  • “flannel” in Den Danske Ordbog


English

Etymology

wash +‎ rag

Noun

washrag (plural washrags)

  1. (Southern US) A square piece of cloth for washing the face and body.
    • 1957, J. D. Salinger, “Zooey”, in, 1961, Franny and Zooey:
      Mrs. Glass abruptly leaned her weight forward, without getting up, and reached out and picked up something from the top of the laundry hamper. “Do you have a washrag back there?”she asked.
      “The word is ‘washcloth,’ not ‘washrag,’ and all I want, God damn it, Bessie, is to be left alone in this bathroom.

Synonyms

  • face washer (Australian)
  • flannel (British)
  • washcloth (US)

Translations


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