1. a camper’s clothing and equipment.
  2. a coarse woolen cloth having a thick nap, used for coats, blankets, etc.
  3. duffel bag.


  1. a heavy woollen cloth with a thick nap
  2. mainly US and Canadian equipment or supplies, esp those of a camper

1670s, from Dutch duffel, from Duffel, town in Brabant where the cloth was originally sold. Duffel bag is American English, first recorded 1917 in a letter of e e cummings.

see duffle.

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