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[an-uh-rak, ah-nuh-rahk] /ˈæn əˌræk, ˈɑ nəˌrɑk/
a hooded pullover jacket originally made of fur and worn in the arctic, now made of any weather-resistant fabric.
a jacket patterned after this, made of any weather-resistant material and worn widely.
Origin of anorak
1920-25; < Inuit (Greenlandic) annoraaq Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anorak
  • In the morning he jumped down from the bed, wearing his heavy anorak over his pajamas.
  • Sporting his anorak jacket to keep the snow out of his eyes, my dad pauses to readjust his gloves.
  • She wears a worn-out anorak and woollen hat in her small house, as she cannot afford heating to fight the biting winter cold.
  • The village items range from and an anorak jacket and down vest to hooded sweatshirts and polos.
  • Only his fingertips were visible from the long sleeves of his new anorak.
British Dictionary definitions for anorak


a warm waterproof hip-length jacket usually with a hood, originally worn in polar regions, but now worn for any outdoor activity
(informal, derogatory) a socially inept person with a hobby considered by most people to be boring
Word Origin
from Inuktitut ánorâq
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Word Origin and History for anorak

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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