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tow·el / ˈtoul/ • n. a piece of thick absorbent cloth or paper used for drying oneself or wiping things dry.• v. (-eled, -el·ing; Brit. -elled, -el·ling) [tr.] wipe or dry (a person or thing) with a towel: [tr.] she toweled her hair dry | [intr.] quickly we'd towel off and dress for dinner. PHRASES: throw in the towelsee throw.