Pronunciation: (tou'ul, toul), [key]
—n., v., -eled, -el•ingor (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling.
1. an absorbent cloth or paper for wiping and drying something wet, as one for the hands, face, or body after washing or bathing.
2. throw in the towel, Informal.to concede defeat; give up; yield: He vowed he would never throw in the towel.
to wipe or dry with a towel.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.