Definition of nose-wiper in English:



dated, informal
  • A handkerchief.

    • ‘Among the latter people, we have seen a large supply of paper nose-wipers.’
    • ‘Instead of suits, you'll wear a spit-up cloth and a nose wiper, if you're fortunate.’
    • ‘If you find a nose-wiper, 'specially if it happens to be a silk one, why, you know what then?’
    • ‘I say, chummy, seems as if a nose wiper has fallen overboard and she's stopped to pick it up.’
    • ‘Each of the other men in the council circle received one of those nose wipers, a knife, and a piece of tobacco to smoke.’
    pocket handkerchief
    View synonyms