What does fleece mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fleecenoun

    the wool of a sheep or similar animal

  2. sheepskin, fleecenoun

    tanned skin of a sheep with the fleece left on; used for clothing

  3. fleecenoun

    a soft bulky fabric with deep pile; used chiefly for clothing

  4. wool, fleeceverb

    outer coat of especially sheep and yaks

  5. overcharge, soak, surcharge, gazump, fleece, plume, pluck, rob, hookverb

    rip off; ask an unreasonable price

  6. fleece, shearverb

    shear the wool from

    "shear sheep"


  1. fleecenoun

    Hair or wool of a sheep or similar animal

  2. fleecenoun

    Insulating skin with the wool attached

  3. fleecenoun

    A textile similar to velvet, but with a longer pile that gives it a softness and a higher sheen.

  4. fleecenoun

    An insulating wooly jacket

  5. fleecenoun

    Mat or felts composed of fibers, sometimes used as a membrane backer.

  6. fleeceverb

    Con or trick someone out of money.

  7. fleeceverb

    To shear the fleece from an animal (such as a sheep).

    During spring shearing we have to fleece all the sheep in just a few days.

  8. Etymology: From flees, from fleos.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FLEECEnoun

    As much wool as is shorn from one sheep.

    Etymology: flyr, fler, Saxon; vleese, Dutch.

    Giving account of the annual increase
    Both of their lambs and of their woolly fleece. Hubb. Tale.

    So many days my ewes have been with young,
    So many months ere I shall sheer the fleece. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    I am shepherd to another man,
    And do not sheer the fleeces that I graze. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Her sunny locks
    Hang on her temples like a golden fleece. William Shakespeare.

    Sailors have used every night to hang fleeces of wool on the sides of their ships, towards the water; and they have crushed fresh water out of them in the morning. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    The sheep will prove much to the advantage of the woollen manufacture, by the fineness of the fleeces. Gulliver’s Travels.

  2. To Fleeceverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Courts of justice have a small pension, so that they are tempted to take bribes, and to fleece the people. Addison.


  1. fleece

    Fleece is a term with multiple definitions: 1. A type of soft, warm fabric that is made from synthetic material and mimics the texture of a sheep's wool. Often used in outdoor clothing and blankets due to its warmth and lightweight nature. 2. The woolly covering or coat of a sheep or a similar animal, usually removed by shearing. 3. Verb form: To cheat, swindle, or overcharge someone for goods or services. Named after the way that sheep are stripped of their wool.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fleecenoun

    the entire coat of wood that covers a sheep or other similar animal; also, the quantity shorn from a sheep, or animal, at one time

  2. Fleecenoun

    any soft woolly covering resembling a fleece

  3. Fleecenoun

    the fine web of cotton or wool removed by the doffing knife from the cylinder of a carding machine

  4. Fleeceverb

    to deprive of a fleece, or natural covering of wool

  5. Fleeceverb

    to strip of money or other property unjustly, especially by trickery or fraud; to bring to straits by oppressions and exactions

  6. Fleeceverb

    to spread over as with wool

  7. Etymology: [OE. flees, AS. fles; akin to D. flies, vlies.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fleece

    flēs, n. the coat of wool shorn from a sheep at one time: anything like a fleece.—v.t. to clip wool from: to plunder: to cover, as with wool.—adjs. Fleeced, having a fleece; Fleece′less.—ns. Flee′cer, one who strips or plunders; Fleece′-wool, that shorn from the living animal.—adj. Fleec′y, woolly. [A.S. fléos; Dut. vlies, Ger. fliess.]

Editors Contribution

  1. fleece

    A type of garment created in various colors, material, shapes and sizes for a variety of purposes.

    Fleece is utilized to create blankets, jackets, covers for horses and a variety of other purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 18, 2016  

  2. fleece

    A type of material or product.

    Fleece is used to make blankets, coats, jackets etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 18, 2016  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fleece is ranked #44957 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fleece surname appeared 477 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fleece.

    86.7% or 414 total occurrences were White.
    7.9% or 38 total occurrences were Black.
    2.9% or 14 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fleece in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fleece in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of fleece in a Sentence

  1. Little Oak Sanctuary:

    We are heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, wise, friendly soul. Chris is known as the world record holder for having grown the heaviest fleece on record, he was so much more than this, so very much more, and we will remember him for all that he was - someone, not something.

  2. Joachim du Bellay:

    Happy the man who, like Ulysses, has made a fine voyage, or has won the Golden Fleece, and then returns, experienced and knowledgeable, to spend the rest of his life among his family

  3. Martin Fischer:

    We were extremely surprised to find that the number of particles measured with the fleece actually exceeded the number of particles measured without wearing any mask, we want to emphasize that we really encourage people to wear masks, but we want them to wear masks that actually work.

  4. Lisa Smoczynski:

    I've got Under Armour, lined pants, fleece-lined jeans — let's see, one, two, three, four, five layers. Insulated gloves, insulated boots, the heaviest socks available. Under Armour hat. All the joys of life.

  5. Joachim Du Bellay, Sonnet de Regrets:

    Happy the man who, like Ulysses, has made a fine voyage, or has won the Golden Fleece, and then returns, experienced and knowledgeable, to spend the rest of his life among his family!

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