[lin-zee-woo l-zee] /ˈlɪn ziˈwʊl zi/

noun, plural linsey-woolseys.
a coarse fabric woven from linen warp, or sometimes cotton, and coarse wool filling.
a garment made from this.
Archaic. any mixture that is incongruous or of poor quality; jumble:
That last speech was a linsey-woolsey of stale platitudes.
a thin rough fabric of linen warp and coarse wool or cotton filling
a strange nonsensical mixture or confusion

late 15c., originally a cloth woven from linen and wool; the words altered for the sake of a jingling sound. Linsey is attested from mid-15c., apparently meaning “coarse linen fabric.” Some sources suggest a connection or influence from the place name Lindsey in Suffolk.


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