Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a kind of heavy jacket (`windcheater' is a British term)

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Synonyms of Anorak

parka, windbreaker, windcheater

Alternate forms of Anorak

Hyponyms: cagoule, ski jacket, ski parka

Hypernyms: jacket

Origin of the word Anorak

  1. Eskimo's waterproof, hooded jacket, 1924, from Greenland Eskimo anoraq. Applied to Western immitations 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. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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