A piece of absorbent cloth or paper used for wiping or drying.
v. tow·eled, tow·el·ing, tow·els or tow·elled or tow·el·ling
To wipe or rub dry with a towel.
To dry oneself with a towel.
[Middle English towaille, from Old French toaille, of Germanic origin.]
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