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From Middle English flees, flese, flus, fleos, from Old English flēos, flīes, flȳs, from Proto-Germanic *fleusaz.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /fliːs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːs


fleece (countable and uncountable, plural fleeces)

  1. (uncountable) Hair or wool of a sheep or similar animal
  2. (uncountable) Insulating skin with the wool attached
  3. (countable) A textile similar to velvet, but with a longer pile that gives it a softness and a higher sheen.
  4. (countable) An insulating wooly jacket
  5. (roofing) Mat or felts composed of fibers, sometimes used as a membrane backer.
  6. Any soft woolly covering resembling a fleece.
  7. The fine web of cotton or wool removed by the doffing knife from the cylinder of a carding machine.

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fleece (third-person singular simple present fleeces, present participle fleecing, simple past and past participle fleeced)

  1. (transitive) To con or trick (someone) out of money.
    There is a difference between bookmaking, an entirely respectable profession, and fleecing people, which isn’t.
  2. (transitive) To shear the fleece from (a sheep or other animal).
    During spring shearing we have to fleece all the sheep in just a few days.
  3. (transitive) To cover with, or as if with, wool.


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Borrowed from English fleece.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfliːsi/, [ˈfliːs̠i]
  • IPA(key): /ˈfliːs/, [ˈfliːs̠] (often in compound terms)



  1. Alternative spelling of fliisi

Usage notesEdit

  • As is the case with many loanwords, the inflection of this term is problematic. Kotus recommends "nalle" - category in writing, as shown above, but in speech the declension usually follows "risti" -category, see the declension table for fliisi.


Inflection of fleece (Kotus type 8/nalle, no gradation)
nominative fleece fleecet
genitive fleecen fleecejen
partitive fleeceä fleecejä
illative fleeceen fleeceihin
singular plural
nominative fleece fleecet
accusative nom. fleece fleecet
gen. fleecen
genitive fleecen fleecejen
partitive fleeceä fleecejä
inessive fleecessä fleeceissä
elative fleecestä fleeceistä
illative fleeceen fleeceihin
adessive fleecellä fleeceillä
ablative fleeceltä fleeceiltä
allative fleecelle fleeceille
essive fleecenä fleeceinä
translative fleeceksi fleeceiksi
instructive fleecein
abessive fleecettä fleeceittä
comitative fleeceineen