Definition of towel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtou(ə)l/


A piece of thick absorbent cloth or paper used for drying oneself or wiping things dry.
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]
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 dinner
More 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.

Words that rhyme with towel

avowal, Baden-Powell, bowel, disembowel, dowel, Howell, Powell, rowel, trowel, vowel

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: tow·el

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