AskDefine | Define fleece

Dictionary Definition



1 the wool of a sheep or similar animal
2 tanned skin of a sheep with the fleece left on; used for clothing [syn: sheepskin]
3 a soft bulky fabric with deep pile; used chiefly for clothing
4 outer coat of especially sheep and yaks [syn: wool]


1 rip off; ask an unreasonable price [syn: overcharge, soak, surcharge, gazump, plume, pluck, rob, hook] [ant: undercharge]
2 shear the wool from; "shear sheep" [syn: shear]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English flēos



  1. Hair or wool of a sheep or similar animal
  2. Insulating skin with the wool attached
  3. An insulating wooly garment. Ex.: Harriett likes to curl up on the fleece blanket, even when it's gravy time.


hair or wool of a sheep
  • Hungarian: gyapjú
insulating skin with the wool attached
  • Czech: rouno
  • Hungarian: gyapjas bőr
insulating wooly garment
  • Czech: flís


  1. Con or trick someone out of money.
  2. To shear the fleece from an animal (such as a sheep).
    During spring shearing we have to fleece all the sheep in just a few days.


con or trick someone out of money
  • Hungarian: megvág, megkopaszt

Extensive Definition

Fleece may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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