linsey-woolsey


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lin·sey-wool·sey

 (lĭn′zē-wo͝ol′zē)
n. pl. lin·sey-wool·seys
A coarse, woven fabric of wool and cotton or of wool and linen.

[Middle English linsiwolsie : alteration of linen, linen; see linen + wolle, wool; see wool.]
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linsey-woolsey

(ˈlɪnzɪˈwʊlzɪ)
n
1. (Textiles) a thin rough fabric of linen warp and coarse wool or cotton filling
2. a strange nonsensical mixture or confusion
[C15: probably from Lindsey, Suffolk village where the fabric was first made + wool (with rhyming suffix -sey)]
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lin•sey-wool•sey

(ˈlɪn ziˈwʊl zi)

n., pl. -seys.
a coarse fabric woven from linen warp, or sometimes cotton, and coarse wool filling.
[1475–85; literally, linen cloth, wool cloth]
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linsey-woolsey

- First a cloth woven from linen and wool, the phrase was altered for the sake of a jingling sound.
See also related terms for linen.
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Linsey-woolsey

A coarse fabric made of mixed wool and linen.
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Noun1.linsey-woolsey - a rough fabric of linen warp and wool or cotton woof
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
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References in classic literature ?
as have never seen any of your cash, unless for one linsey-woolsey
The raiment of Marco and his wife was of coarse tow-linen and linsey-woolsey respectively, and resembled township maps, it being made up pretty exclusively of patches which had been added, township by township, in the course of five or six years, until hardly a hand's-breadth of the original garments was surviving and present.
"Hain't ever wore it yet," she said, "en it's just lovely." Then she nodded her head in response to a pleasant idea, and added, "No, I ain't gwine to be fished out, wid everybody lookin' at me, in dis mis'able ole linsey-woolsey."
She threw herself wholeheartedly on her niece's side when it became a question between a crimson or a brown linsey-woolsey dress, and went through a memorable struggle with her sister concerning the purchase of a red bird for Rebecca's black felt hat.
The women had on sun-bonnets; and some had linsey-woolsey frocks, some gingham ones, and a few of the young ones had on calico.