from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A coarse, woven fabric of wool and cotton or of wool and linen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a fabric made of both linen and wool.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Made of linen and wool; hence, of different and unsuitable parts; mean.
- n. Cloth made of linen and wool, mixed.
- n. Jargon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A coarse and stout material of which the warp is linen and the woof woolen.
- n. A similar material into which cotton enters either with or without linen.
- n. Inferior fabrics of doubtful or uncertain materials: a term of depreciation.
- n. Anything unsuitably mixed; a farrago of nonsense; jargon; gibberish.
- Made of linen and wool mixed.
- Of different and unsuitable parts; neither one thing nor another; ill-assorted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a rough fabric of linen warp and wool or cotton woof
By “Indian dress” he meant costume common to whites as well as Indians in the west: moccasins, leggings, breechclout, and a hunting shirt, a knee-length smock of linen, wool, or linsey-woolsey, drab and durable.
Other textiles boast names utterly mysterious to us, opening up a lost world of camblet and fustian, susy and cherryderry, calimanco and linsey-woolsey.
*Some old timers add linsey-woolsey or cotton britches winter as the last one, meaning the day you can stop wearing the long underwear.
I had put on my linsey-woolsey dress, as the roads might at times be dusty and the few articles I needed made only a small bundle.
She hid the papers for General Washington under the bodice of her linsey-woolsey dress, and fastened her neckerchief over the bodice.
The lady-mother still distributeth tracts, and knitteth Berlin linsey-woolsey.
May be, an old silk gown, and a linsey-woolsey petticoat, and the like.
Last and chief, while literature, gagged with linsey-woolsey, can only deal with a fraction of the life of man, talk goes fancy free and may call a spade a spade.
SIR, — Yours received, and am surprized you should use me in this manner, as have never seen any of your cash, unless for one linsey-woolsey coat, and your bill now is upwards of L150.
But what linsey-woolsey hast thou to speak to us again?