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tow·el

 (tou′əl)
n.
A piece of absorbent cloth or paper used for wiping or drying.
v. tow·eled, tow·el·ing, tow·els or tow·elled or tow·el·ling
v.tr.
To wipe or rub dry with a towel.
v.intr.
To dry oneself with a towel.

[Middle English towaille, from Old French toaille, of Germanic origin.]

towel

(ˈtaʊəl)
n
1. a square or rectangular piece of absorbent cloth or paper used for drying the body
2. a similar piece of cloth used for drying plates, cutlery, etc
3. (Boxing) throw in the towel See throw in4
vb (tr) , -els, -elling or -elled, -els, -eling or -eled
4. to dry or wipe with a towel
5. slang (often foll by: up) Austral to assault or beat (a person)
[C13: from Old French toaille, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German dwahal bath, Old Saxon twahila towel, Gothic thwahan to wash]

tow•el

(ˈtaʊ əl, taʊl)

n., v. -eled, -el•ing (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling. n.
1. an absorbent cloth or paper for wiping and drying something wet, esp. the hands, face, or body.
v.t.
2. to wipe or dry with a towel.
[1250–1300; Middle English (n.) < Old French toaille cloth for washing or wiping < West Germanic *thwahljō (> Old High German dwahilla, akin to dwahal bath)]

towel


Past participle: towelled
Gerund: towelling

Imperative
towel
towel
Present
I towel
you towel
he/she/it towels
we towel
you towel
they towel
Preterite
I towelled
you towelled
he/she/it towelled
we towelled
you towelled
they towelled
Present Continuous
I am towelling
you are towelling
he/she/it is towelling
we are towelling
you are towelling
they are towelling
Present Perfect
I have towelled
you have towelled
he/she/it has towelled
we have towelled
you have towelled
they have towelled
Past Continuous
I was towelling
you were towelling
he/she/it was towelling
we were towelling
you were towelling
they were towelling
Past Perfect
I had towelled
you had towelled
he/she/it had towelled
we had towelled
you had towelled
they had towelled
Future
I will towel
you will towel
he/she/it will towel
we will towel
you will towel
they will towel
Future Perfect
I will have towelled
you will have towelled
he/she/it will have towelled
we will have towelled
you will have towelled
they will have towelled
Future Continuous
I will be towelling
you will be towelling
he/she/it will be towelling
we will be towelling
you will be towelling
they will be towelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been towelling
you have been towelling
he/she/it has been towelling
we have been towelling
you have been towelling
they have been towelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been towelling
you will have been towelling
he/she/it will have been towelling
we will have been towelling
you will have been towelling
they will have been towelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been towelling
you had been towelling
he/she/it had been towelling
we had been towelling
you had been towelling
they had been towelling
Conditional
I would towel
you would towel
he/she/it would towel
we would towel
you would towel
they would towel
Past Conditional
I would have towelled
you would have towelled
he/she/it would have towelled
we would have towelled
you would have towelled
they would have towelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.towel - a rectangular piece of absorbent cloth (or paper) for drying or wipingtowel - a rectangular piece of absorbent cloth (or paper) for drying or wiping
bath towel - a large towel; to dry yourself after a bath
beach towel - very large towel to dry yourself after swimming
dish towel, dishtowel, tea towel - a towel for drying dishes
face towel, hand towel - a small towel used to dry the hands or face
paper towel - a disposable towel made of absorbent paper
piece of cloth, piece of material - a separate part consisting of fabric
roller towel - a towel with the ends sewn together, hung on a roller
Verb1.towel - wipe with a toweltowel - wipe with a towel; "towel your hair dry"
wipe, pass over - rub with a circular motion; "wipe the blackboard"; "He passed his hands over the soft cloth"
Translations
مِنْشَفَةمِنْشَفَهيُنَشِّف
ručníkutěrkautřít se ručníkem
håndklædekøkkenrulle
آبچینحوله
pyyhepyyheliina
ručnik
törülközõtörülközőtörülközõvel töröl
handklæîi, viskustykkiòurrka meî handklæîi
タオル
타월
rankšluostinė medžiagarankšluostisšluostytis
dvielisnoslaucīt ar dvielislaucīt ar dvieli
prosop
uterákutrieť sa uterákom
brisača
handduk
ผ้าขนหนู
havluhavlu ile kurula makpeşkir
khăn lau

towel

[ˈtaʊəl]
A. N (for body) → toalla f; (for hands) → paño m, toalla f
to throw in the toweldarse por vencido
B. VTfrotar con toalla
to towel sth/sb drysecar algo/a algn con toalla
C. CPD towel rack, towel rail Ntoallero m

towel

[ˈtaʊəl]
n
(for bathroom)serviette f, serviette f de toilette
(= tea towel) → torchon m
to throw in the towel → jeter l'éponge
vt [+ hair, body] → sécher avec une serviette
to towel o.s. dry → se sécher avec une serviette

towel

nHandtuch nt ? throw in
vt(mit einem Handtuch) (ab)trocknen

towel

[ˈtaʊəl]
1. n (also hand towel) → asciugamano (also bath towel) → telo da bagno (also tea towel, dishtowel) → strofinaccio
to throw in the towel (fig) → gettare la spugna
2. vt to towel o.s. dryasciugarsi con un asciugamano

towel

(ˈtauəl) noun
a piece of any of several types of absorbent cloth or paper for drying oneself, dishes etc after washing etc. After her swim she dried herself with a towel; a roll of paper kitchen towels.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈtowelled , (American) ˈtoweled
to rub with a towel.
ˈtowelling noun
a kind of rough cloth from which towels etc are made.

towel

مِنْشَفَة ručník håndklæde Handtuch πετσέτα toalla pyyhe serviette ručnik asciugamano タオル 타월 handdoek håndkle ręcznik toalha полотенце handduk ผ้าขนหนู havlu khăn lau 毛巾

towel

n. toalla.

towel

n toalla
References in classic literature ?
It had an unusually large jack-towel on a roller inside the door, and he would wash his hands, and wipe them and dry them all over this towel, whenever he came in from a police-court or dismissed a client from his room.
Sullenly enough, the jackal loosened his dress, went into an adjoining room, and came back with a large jug of cold water, a basin, and a towel or two.
I always determine - when thinking over the matter in London - that I'll get up early every morning, and go and have a dip before breakfast, and I religiously pack up a pair of drawers and a bath towel.
You steal 'm one fella towel, one fella cane-knife, two- ten fella cartridge.
With pleasure," she answered, and brought a towel at once.
Mary gave him a tin basin of water and a piece of soap, and he went outside the door and set the basin on a little bench there; then he dipped the soap in the water and laid it down; turned up his sleeves; poured out the water on the ground, gently, and then entered the kitchen and began to wipe his face diligently on the towel behind the door.
The duchess was ready to die with laughter when she saw Sancho's rage and heard his words; but it was no pleasure to Don Quixote to see him in such a sorry trim, with the dingy towel about him, and the hangers-on of the kitchen all round him; so making a low bow to the duke and duchess, as if to ask their permission to speak, he addressed the rout in a dignified tone: "Holloa, gentlemen
When they arrived at Mr Korbes's house, he was not at home; so the mice drew the carriage into the coach-house, Chanticleer and Partlet flew upon a beam, the cat sat down in the fireplace, the duck got into the washing cistern, the pin stuck himself into the bed pillow, the millstone laid himself over the house door, and the egg rolled himself up in the towel.
She'll mind when she's spoken to, biddable or not," remarked Miranda with a shake of the last towel.
So now when I enter the bedroom with the tray, on my arm is that badge of pride, the towel; and I approach with prim steps to inform Madam that breakfast is ready, and she puts on the society manner and addresses me as 'Sir,' and asks with cruel sarcasm for what purpose (except to boast) I carry the towel, and I say 'Is there anything more I can do for Madam?
I also took along a towel and a cake of soap, to inspire respect in the Arabs, who would take me for a king in disguise.
A few minutes later, sobbing heavily, the elder woman lay in bed, across her forehead and eyes a wet-pack of towel for easement of the headache she and Saxon tacitly accepted as substitute for the brain-storm.