One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A wicker basket for carrying fish.
receptacle, container, holder, vessel, box, caseView synonyms
- ‘I slipped the kokanee into a plastic bag, wishing that I hadn't lost the old wicker creel that was companion to Grandfather's cane fly rod, and our last fishing trip was over.’
- ‘Photography even substantiated claims of overflowing creels.’
- ‘It might feel goofy, but crawling around the banks on your knees, hiding behind trees, and using the river's steep gradients to remain concealed can ensure a stocked creel.’
- ‘Planting those in my dear hubby's fishing creel will be a piece of cake.’
- ‘Most of the larger boats use single trawls while the smaller inshore vessels often fish by dropping creels in what supporters describe as a truly sustainable fishery.’
- ‘He walked a few paces away and snagged the creel he'd been using.’
- ‘She stands robustly by her creel, knife and oyster in her hands.’
- 1.1 An angler's fishing basket.
- ‘A word about those creels: Successful anglers really do keep their catch here; fishing is so carefully restricted that there's no need for rigid catch-and-release regulations.’
- ‘All turf was brought home with horse car and creel.’
- ‘His hip boots and willow creel, along with a fly rod, define him as a fly fisher.’
- ‘While prowling around in our cluttered attic, this fanciful fishing creel my hubby never uses anymore caught my eye.’
2A rack holding bobbins or spools for spinning.
- ‘He said he believed that dust had remained on the looms and yarn creels when the workers returned after the summer shutdown.’
Middle English (in creel (sense 1); originally Scots and northern English): of unknown origin. creel (sense 2) dates from the mid 19th century.
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