A coarse towel for general use, hanging from a roller. (noun)
The Century Dictionary (Public Domain)
Use "jack-towel" in a sentence
"Bintrey, as they returned to the counting-house, and Mr. Wilding dried himself on a jack-towel behind an inner door."
"In the kitchen, where now they stood, not a spark of fire was lingering, but some wood-ash still retained a feeble memory of warmth; and three little children (blest with small advance from babyhood) were huddling around, with hands, and faces, and sharp grimy knees poking in for lukewarm corners; while two rather senior young Carroways were lying fast asleep, with a jack-towel over them."
"“Madam,” he began, and then he rubbed his mouth with the cross-cut out of the jack-towel by the sink, newly set on table, to satisfy him for a dinner napkin — “madam, will you listen, while I make an explanation?”"