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linsey-woolsey

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n linsey-woolsey a rough fabric of linen warp and wool or cotton woof
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Linsey-woolsey Cloth made of linen and wool, mixed.
    • Linsey-woolsey Jargon.
    • a Linsey-woolsey Made of linen and wool; hence, of different and unsuitable parts; mean.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n linsey-woolsey A coarse and stout material of which the warp is linen and the woof woolen.
    • n linsey-woolsey A similar material into which cotton enters either with or without linen. The attempt has been made to reserve the word linsey for a mixture of linen and wool and woolsey for a mixture of cotton and wool. The compound term would then signify a stuff made of all three materials in certain proportions.
    • n linsey-woolsey Inferior fabrics of doubtful or uncertain materials: a term of depreciation.
    • n linsey-woolsey Anything unsuitably mixed; a farrago of nonsense; jargon; gibberish.
    • linsey-woolsey Made of linen and wool mixed.
    • linsey-woolsey Of different and unsuitable parts; neither one thing nor another; ill-assorted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Linsey-woolsey made of linen and wool mixed: mean: of unsuitable parts
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Obs. linsel, and wool.

Usage

In literature:

Polly Ann sat by the little window of the cabin, spinning the flax into linsey-woolsey.
"The Crossing" by Winston Churchill
The lady-mother still distributeth tracts, and knitteth Berlin linsey-woolsey.
"Burlesques" by William Makepeace Thackeray
If Aunt Madge had dressed in linsey woolsey, with a checked apron on, she would still have been lovely.
"Little Folks Astray" by Sophia May (Rebecca Sophia Clarke)
In winter us had linsey-woolsey pants an' heavy cow-hide shoes.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Linsey-woolsey and jean wuz woven on de place fo' wintah clothes.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Some manufactures are carried on, including linsey-woolsey stuffs and edge tools.
"Rides on Railways" by Samuel Sidney
Had on when he went away, a striped Linsey Woolsey Jacket, Tow Shirt and Trowsers, an old Felt Hat.
"The Journal of Negro History, Vol. I. Jan. 1916" by Various
Outside the clothespress, on a peg, hangs a linsey-woolsey every-day gown that shows marks of wear.
"Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
She drew up her short linsey-woolsey garments from the contaminations beneath her feet.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Sally glanced down at her faded linsey-woolsey dress, soiled with soot.
"Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance" by Frances Cavanah
Miss Ruth was still in her gray linsey-woolsey petticoat, short enough to show her trim ankles in their black open-worked silk stockings.
"John Ward, Preacher" by Margaret Deland
Our Sunday dresses for winter was made out of linsey-woolsey cloth.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Susan wore Linsey-Woolsey from Monday to Saturday.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
Facing him was a solemn, burning-eyed pupil and adversary of fifteen in a linsey-woolsey shirt and jeans overalls.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
Their petticoats of linsey-woolsey, were striped with a variety of gorgeous dyes, and all of their own manufacture.
"The International Monthly, Volume 4, No. 1, August, 1851" by Various
We have too much of the linsey-woolsey type of religion in our day.
"The Palm Tree Blessing" by W. E. Shepard
Oh, we shall all come to linsey-woolsey, I fear.
"Peggy Owen Patriot" by Lucy Foster Madison
Her skirt was of true linsey-woolsey, from which hung an immense pincushion.
"Blue Robin, the Girl Pioneer" by Rena I. Halsey
The women wore dresses of linsey-woolsey and coarse flax.
"Stories of Old Kentucky" by Martha Grassham Purcell
I have a vivid recollection of the linsey-woolsey dress given me every winter by Mrs. Flint.
"The Freedmen's Book" by Lydia Maria Child
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