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1A coarse woolen cloth with a thick nap.
- ‘The hangings are made of Scotland duffel wool, a thick, blanket-like material used to make Inuit parkas.’
- ‘The driver was white, 22 to 23 years old, with a goatee beard, wearing glasses, a black hat and duffel jacket.’
2North American Sporting or camping equipment.
- ‘Adam takes out from his duffle three wool blankets and raps himself in them.’
- ‘Krystal dragged her black duffle and hunter green sleeping bag up the stairs first.’
- ‘The air in the carpeted area behind the lanes was becoming stifling as campers squished together with their duffels.’
- ‘I saw Joey and Jimmy retrieving their duffels too, and reached down to get mine.’
- ‘The other campers were currently tossing down their duffels.’
- ‘Then I set my duffle down and put my pillow on the ground and spread out my blanket.’
- ‘She asked, setting her duffle on the ground for a bit.’
- ‘Wiley pointed to the duffle with the survival gear.’
- 2.1short for duffel bag
Mid 17th century: from Duffel, the name of a town in Belgium where the cloth was originally made.
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