waulk

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English walken, walkien, from Old English wealcian (to roll up; muffle up), from Proto-Germanic *walkōną (to roll about; full (cloth)). Cognate with Scots waulk (to full), Dutch walken (to full), German walken (to full), Danish valke (to full), Swedish valka (to full). Doublet of English walk.

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waulk (third-person singular simple present waulks, present participle waulking, simple past and past participle waulked)

  1. (transitive, obsolete, Northern England, Scotland) to make cloth (especially tweed in Scotland) denser and more felt-like by soaking and beating

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English wealcan (to roll, toss).

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waulk (third-person singular present waulks, present participle waulkin, past waulkit, past participle waulkit)

  1. (transitive) to full (cloth)
  2. (intransitive) (of cloth) to shrink from moisture