From Middle English wollen, wullen, from Old English wullen, wyllen (“made of wool, woollen”), from Proto-Germanic *wullīnaz (“woollen”), equivalent to wool + -en. Cognate with Scots wollin, wolne, wowne (“woollen”), Dutch wollen (“woollen”), German wollen (“woollen”), Danish uldne (“woollen”), Norwegian ulne (“fuzzy”).
- Rhymes: -ʊlən
woolen (not comparable)
- (US) Made of wool.
- 1891, Thomas Hardy, chapter IV, in Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented [...] In Three Volumes, volume I, London: James R[ipley] Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., […], OCLC 13623666, phase the first (The Maiden), pages 40–41:
- In a large bedroom upstairs, the window of which was thickly curtained with a great woollen shawl lately discarded by the landlady, Mrs. Rolliver, were gathered on this evening nearly a dozen persons, all seeking vinous bliss; all old inhabitants of the nearer end of Marlott, and frequenters of this retreat.
- (US) Of or relating to wool or woolen cloths.
- woolen manufactures
- a woolen mill
- a woolen draper
woolen (plural woolens)
- An item of clothing made from wool
- Put all the woolens in this basket.