Etymology
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towel (n.)

mid-13c., from Old French toaille (12c.), from Frankish *thwahlja, from Proto-Germanic *thwahlijan (source also of Old Saxon thwahila, Middle Dutch dwale "towel," Dutch dwaal "altar cloth," Old High German dwehila "towel," German dialectal Zwehle "napkin"); related to German zwagen, Old English þwean "to wash." Spanish toalla, Italian tovaglia are Germanic loan-words. To throw in the towel "admit defeat" (1915) is from boxing.

towel (v.)

1836 (transitive); 1861 (intransitive), from towel (n.). Related: Towelled; towelling.

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Definitions of towel
1
towel (v.)
wipe with a towel;
towel your hair dry
2
towel (n.)
a rectangular piece of absorbent cloth (or paper) for drying or wiping;
From wordnet.princeton.edu