Entry: worsted (adj.)
In context: "Lenz wears a worsted topcoat and dark slacks and Brazilian loafers with a high-wattage shine and a disguise that makes him look like Andy Warhol with a tan."
Definition: A woollen fabric or stuff made from well-twisted yarn spun of long-staple wool combed to lay the fibres parallel.
Other: For reasons not immediately clear, perhaps because of its early origin, worsted (in the sense here) has the longest list of usages I've yet seen in the OED:
1293 in Camden Misc. II. 13 Pro xj. ulnis de wrstede ad caligas faciendas.
1345–9 in Archaeologia XXXI. 78 Eidem ad vnam aulam de worstede operatum cum papagailles.
1393–4 Act 17 Rich II c. 2 Les Marchants & overours de draps appelez sengle Worstede.
c1405 (1387–95) Chaucer Canterbury Tales Prol. (Hengwrt) (2003) l. 264 Of double worstede was his semycope.
1411 in F. J. Furnivall Fifty Earliest Eng. Wills (1882) 19 Also y be-queythe to Robert, myn heldest son, a reed bedde of worsteyd.
1459 Paston Lett. I. 478 Item, j pece of grene wurstet xxx yards longe.
1465 Paston Lett. & Papers (1904) IV. 201 A coverlyte of whyte werstede longyng therto.
1535 Wardrobe Acct. Henry VIII in Archaeologia (1789) 9 249 A dubblette of wursteede.
1548 Hall's Vnion: Henry VIII f. lxiv, Within hys gate..dwelled dyuerse Frenchmen that kalendred Worsted, contrary to the kynges lawes.
1610 P. Holland tr. W. Camden Brit.i. 475 They obteined..that the Worsted made there [i.e. at Norwich] might be transported.
a1661 T. Fuller Worthies (1662) Norf. 247 It surpasseth my skill to name the several stuffs (being Worsted disguised with Weaving and Colouring) made thereof.
1728 Pope Dunciadii. 129 The very worstead still look'd black and blue.
a1756 E. Haywood New Present (1771) 258 Directions for cleaning of Worsted and other Sorts of Stuffs.
1886 S. W. Beck Draper's Dict. 373 Worsted, cloth of long stapled-wool, combed straightly and smoothly, as distinct from woollens, which are woven from short staple wool, crossed and roughed in spinning.
1436 in W. H. Stevenson Rec. Borough Nottingham (1883) II. 152 Unum cowle de nigro wolstede.
1551–2 Act 5 & 6 Edw. VI c. 7 §1 Any kynde of Clothe Chamlettes Wolstede Sayes [etc.].
1598 J. Stow Suruay of London 76 His guarde..all in a Liuery of Wolsted.
1481–90 Howard Househ. Bks. (Roxb.) 38 A piece wusted iij. yerdes deppe, for stremers and standartes.
1537 in J. L. Glasscock Rec. St. Michael's, Bishop's Stortford (1882) 126 Item a vestment of grene wusted wt an obe.
1589 Voy. W. Towrson in R. Hakluyt Princ. Navigationsi. 108 They shewed vs a certaine course cloth,..it was course wooll, and a small threed, and as thicke as wosted.
1607 R. C. tr. H. Estienne World of Wonders 235 Sleeues.., one halfe of woosted, the other of veluet.
1618 (1440) Inventory in E. Peacock Eng. Church Furnit. (1866) 182 A vestment of Black wosted.
δ. 1350 [see sense 1].
1375 Exch. Rolls Scot. II. 505 Per empcionem de xij ulnis cum dimidio de wirset.
1436 in C. Innes Reg. Episcopatus Aberdonensis (1845) II. 148 Vnum vestimentum integrum de nigro wersed.
1483 in T. Thomson Acts Lords Auditors (1839) *112/1 A couering of Inglis worsat.
1520–1 in J. Raine Fabric Rolls York Minster (1859) 305 One vestment of blacke worsett.
1565 in Hay Fleming Reform. Scot. (1910) 610 Ane baithkyt[sic] of roich worsat, to ly under nobillis feit.
1612 Sc. Bk. Rates in Halyburton's Ledger (1867) 289 Beltis..of worsett the groce, viij li.
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Source: Oxford English Dictionary