- A piece of thick absorbent cloth or paper used for drying oneself or wiping things dry.More example sentences
- Use a dust pan and brush for the larger pieces, damp paper towels or cloths for smaller slivers.
- Using a dry cloth or paper towel to wipe the surface dry prevents streaking.
- Wipe windows with lintless cloth, paper towels or crumpled newspapers.
verb (towels, toweling, toweled ; British towels, towelling, towelled)[with object] Back to top
- Wipe or dry (a person or thing) with a towel: [with object and complement]: she toweled her hair dry [no object]: quickly we’d towel off and dress for dinnerMore example sentences
- He began pressing various keys on the console whilst Drake towelled himself off and walked over to the controls.
- I came home, towelled myself dry, and sat close by my big kitchen radiator sipping a large mug of steaming hot coffee in an attempt to get warm.
- Rain was sweeping in on the stage, and he got soaked, but he just towelled himself down.
throw in the towel
- see throw.
Middle English: from Old French toaille, of Germanic origin. The verb, originally meaning 'beat or thrash', dates from the early 18th century The sense 'wipe with a towel' arose in the mid 19th century.
More definitions of towelDefinition of towel in:
- The British & World English dictionary