anorak








noun

  1. a hooded pullover jacket originally made of fur and worn in the arctic, now made of any weather-resistant fabric.
  2. a jacket patterned after this, made of any weather-resistant material and worn widely.

noun

  1. a warm waterproof hip-length jacket usually with a hood, originally worn in polar regions, but now worn for any outdoor activity
  2. informal, derogatory a socially inept person with a hobby considered by most people to be boring
n.

Eskimo’s waterproof, hooded jacket, 1924, from Greenland Eskimo anoraq. Applied to Western imitations of this garment from 1930s. In British slang, “socially inept person” (Partridge associates it with a fondness for left-wing politics and pirate radio) by 1983, on the notion that that sort of person typically wears this sort of coat.

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