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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [flan-l]
    • /ˈflæn l/
    • /ˈflæn.əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [flan-l]
    • /ˈflæn l/

Definitions of flannel word

  • noun flannel a soft, slightly napped fabric of wool or wool and another fiber, used for trousers, jackets, shirts, etc. 1
  • noun flannel a soft, warm, light fabric of cotton or cotton and another fiber, thickly napped on one side and used for sleepwear, undergarments, sheets, etc. 1
  • noun flannel flannels. an outer garment, especially trousers, made of flannel. woolen undergarments. 1
  • noun flannel British. a washcloth. Informal. nonsense; humbug; empty talk. Informal. flattery; insincere or overdone praise. 1
  • verb with object flannel to cover or clothe with flannel. 1
  • verb with object flannel to rub with flannel. 1

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Origin of flannel

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English flaunneol, perhaps dissimilated variant of flanyn sackcloth < Welsh; compare Welsh gwlanen woolen article, equivalent to gwlân wool (akin to Latin lāna) + -en suffix denoting a single item (as a piece of a mass noun or singular of a collective plural)

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Parts of speech for Flannel


flannel popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for flannel

noun flannel

  • thermal underwear — underwear designed to retain body heat in cold temperatures.
  • thermals — Also, thermic. of, relating to, or caused by heat or temperature: thermal capacity.
  • long underwear — a close-fitting, usually knitted undergarment with legs reaching to the ankles, as a union suit, worn as protection against the cold.
  • weasel words — a word used to temper the forthrightness of a statement; a word that makes one's views equivocal, misleading, or confusing.
  • flattery — the act of flattering.

verb flannel

  • sweet-talk — to use cajoling words.
  • soft-soap — Informal. to cajole; flatter.
  • flatter — to make flat.
  • beguile — If something beguiles you, you are charmed and attracted by it.
  • blandish — to seek to persuade or influence by mild flattery; coax

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