- 1 [mass noun] A kind of soft woven fabric, typically made of wool or cotton and slightly milled and raised: [as modifier]: a check flannel shirtMore example sentences
- ‘You're probably not going to sell much heavy wool or heavy flannel fabric in south Texas,’ he said.
- Many parents prefer the cotton or flannel fabric because they are less expensive than silk sheets and are easier to clean.
- Consider earth tones of all kinds, and different kinds of fabrics like cotton flannel, faux leather, warm chenille, and luxurious velvet.
- 1.1 (flannels) Men’s trousers made of flannel: he was dressed in a tweed jacket and grey flannelsMore example sentences
- So go crazy this fall because flannels, corduroys and tweeds are making a huge comeback.
- It's tonnes of fun, dancing and drinking cheap beer to frenzied mandolin picking while one of the vets oversees, clad in grey flannels, blazer, beret, and a strip of medals.
- Worn with a shirt in solid or pastel, or light stripes or checks and a subdued tie, this can go with flat front trousers or flannels.
- 1.2 short for flannelette.
- 2British A small piece of towelling used for washing oneself.More example sentences
- As members arrived at our March meeting a generous collection of soap, toothbrushes, flannels, sponges, washing powder etc., gradually piled up.
- You automatically look for the cheapest items - but then feel a tinge of embarrassment because you don't want to be seen as ‘the ones who bought the tea towels’, the flannels, or a single pillow case.
- Do not share towels or flannels until the infection has cleared.
- 3 [mass noun] British • informal Bland fluent talk indulged in to avoid addressing a difficult subject or situation directly: a simple admittance of ignorance was much to be preferred to any amount of flannelMore example sentencesSynonymssmooth talk, flattery, blarney, blandishments, honeyed words; prevarication, hedging, equivocation, evasion, double-talk, doublespeak; nonsense, rubbish• informal spiel, soft soap, sweet talk, buttering up, weasel words, baloney, rot, waffle, hot air, poppycock, tripe, bosh, bunkIrish • informal codologyAustralian/New Zealand • informal guyver, smoodging
verb (flannels, flannelling, flannelled)[no object] (often as noun flannelling) British • informal Back to top
- Use bland fluent talk to avoid addressing a difficult subject or situation directly.More example sentences
use flattery, talk blarney, flatter, pull the wool over someone's eyes; prevaricate, hedge, equivocate, be evasive, vacillate, blather, evade/dodge the issue, stall; British hum and hawNorth American • informal fast-talk• rare tergiversate
- Susan Kramer, Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for Richmond Park, said: ‘Residents are fed up with flannelling.’
- He apologised for the situation and then flannelled on about ramping up production, being victims of their own success, and how they could manage the problem.
- Really I'm not saying this to flatter or flannel - this is absolutely unique.
Middle English: probably from Welsh gwlanen 'woollen article', from gwlân 'wool'.