What does towel mean?

Definitions for towel
ˈtaʊ əl, taʊltow·el

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. towelverb

    a rectangular piece of absorbent cloth (or paper) for drying or wiping

  2. towelverb

    wipe with a towel

    "towel your hair dry"


  1. towelnoun

    A cloth used for wiping, especially one used for drying anything wet, as a person after a bath.

  2. towelverb

    To hit with a towel.

  3. towelverb

    To dry by using a towel.

    He got out of the shower and toweled himself dry.

  4. Etymology: From towel, from toaille (Modern touaille), of origin, from Low *, from þwahilō, from þwahanan, from twak-. Cognate with dwahila (Modern dialectal Zwehle), dwaal, dweil, þwean.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Towelnoun

    A cloath on which the hands are wiped.

    Etymology: touaille, French; touaglio, Italian.

    His arm must be kept up with a napkin or towel. Richard Wiseman.

    Th’ attendants water for their hands supply,
    And having wash’d, with silken towels dry. John Dryden, Æn.


  1. Towel

    A towel is a piece of absorbent fabric or paper used for drying or wiping a body or a surface. It draws moisture through direct contact. In households, several types of fabric towels are used, including hand towels, bath towels, Bathrobes and kitchen towels. At the beach, people use beach towels. Paper towels are provided in commercial or office bathrooms via a dispenser for users to dry their hands. In households they are used for minor, precision, or particularly dirty jobs of wiping, cleaning, and drying.


  1. towel

    A towel is a type of absorbent fabric or paper used for drying or wiping. It is commonly used to clean hands, bodies or surfaces and is often used at home, in the gym, or at the beach. Towels come in various sizes, colors, and materials, some of which are specifically designed for certain uses like bathing, hand drying, or kitchen use.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Towelnoun

    a cloth used for wiping, especially one used for drying anything wet, as the person after a bath

  2. Towelverb

    to beat with a stick


  1. Towel

    A towel is a piece of absorbent fabric or paper used for drying or wiping. It draws moisture through direct contact, often using a blotting or a rubbing motion. Common household textile towels are made from cotton, rayon, bamboo, nonwoven fibers or a few other materials.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Towel

    tow′el, n. a cloth for wiping the skin after it is washed, and for other purposes: an altar-cloth.—ns. Tow′el-horse, -rack, a frame for hanging towels on; Tow′elling, cloth for towels: a thrashing.—A lead towel, a bullet; An oaken towel, a cudgel. [O. Fr. touaille—Old High Ger. twahilla (Ger. zwehle)—Old High Ger. twahan, to wash.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. towel

    A word very absurdly introduced into marine law. "If a mariner," says Molloy, "shall commit a fault, and the master shall lift up the towel three times before any mariner, and he shall not submit, the master at the next place of land may discharge him." Some think that this refers to an oaken stick, but it is no doubt corrupted from the oster la touaille, or turning a delinquent out of his mess, of the laws of Oleron.

Editors Contribution

  1. towel

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Towels are so useful for a wide variety of things.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 17, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'towel' in Nouns Frequency: #2558

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of towel in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of towel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of towel in a Sentence

  1. Scott Shelton:

    I am bullish here overall but worry about being too early, i also wonder if the market is going to chop around a bit first, like it did in late May to June before dropping after many threw in the towel.

  2. Paul Dawson:

    Raw meat carries bacteria and then if you throw it on the cutting board and use a towel or sponge to dry that off, it could pick that up, cutting boards and table tops used for food prep are of concern and need to be cleaned regularly and dried.

  3. Richard Rosenfeld:

    Keep water out of the ear if at all possible, dry the ear after swimming with the edge of a towel or blow dry. You can also use alcohol drops.

  4. Charles Gerba:

    You'll get more E. coli in your face when you dry your face with a towel at home than if you stuck your head in a toilet and flushed, you've got to use hot water wash and dry towels really well.

  5. Matt Sanders:

    She’s in a towel, and I ’m just like …' What ?'.

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