[flan-l] /ˈflæn l/
a soft, slightly napped fabric of wool or wool and another fiber, used for trousers, jackets, shirts, etc.
a soft, warm, light fabric of cotton or cotton and another fiber, thickly napped on one side and used for sleepwear, undergarments, sheets, etc.
verb (used with object), flanneled, flanneling or (especially British), flannelled, flannelling.
to cover or clothe with flannel.
to rub with flannel.
a soft light woollen fabric with a slight nap, used for clothing
(pl) trousers or other garments made of flannel
See cotton flannel
(Brit) a small piece of cloth used to wash the face and hands; face cloth US and Canadian equivalent washcloth
(Brit, informal) indirect or evasive talk; deceiving flattery
verb (transitive) -nels, -nelling, -nelled (US) -nels, -neling, -neled
to cover or wrap with flannel
to rub, clean, or polish with flannel
(Brit, informal) to talk evasively to; flatter in order to mislead
c.1500, probably from Welsh gwlanen “woolen cloth,” from gwlan “wool,” from Celtic *wlana, from PIE *wele- “wool.”
The Welsh origin is not a universally accepted etymology, due to the sound changes involved; some (Barnhart, Gamillscheg) suggest the English word is from an Anglo-French diminutive of Old French flaine “a kind of coarse wool.” “As flannel was already in the 16th c. a well-known production of Wales, a Welsh origin for the word seems antecedently likely” [OED]. Modern French flanelle is a 17c. borrowing from English.
[flan-l-leef] /ˈflæn lˌlif/ noun 1. the common mullein, Verbascum thapsus.
[flan-l-ee] /ˈflæn l i/ adjective 1. made of or resembling . 2. thick or blurred, as speech.
[flan-l-mouth] /ˈflæn lˌmaʊθ/ noun, plural flannelmouths [flan-l-mouth z] /ˈflæn lˌmaʊðz/ (Show IPA) 1. a person whose speech is thick, slow, or halting. 2. a person whose speech is smoothly deceptive.
[flan-l-mouth] /ˈflæn lˌmaʊθ/ noun, plural flannelmouths [flan-l-mouth z] /ˈflæn lˌmaʊðz/ (Show IPA) 1. a person whose speech is thick, slow, or halting. 2. a person whose speech is smoothly deceptive. noun An exaggerated talker (1880s+)