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monkey jacket

noun
1.
a short, close-fitting jacket or coat, formerly worn by sailors.
Origin of monkey jacket
1820-1830
1820-30; so called from its resemblance to a jacket worn by an organ-grinder's monkey
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  • Calamity paced up and down the bridge, grim and taciturn as ever, his hands buried in the pockets of his monkey jacket.

    Captain Calamity Rolf Bennett
  • Captain Davy wore a monkey jacket; Mrs. Quiggin colored slightly.

  • I produced the roll of lint at once from the pocket of my monkey jacket.

    The Ghost Ship John C. Hutcheson
  • At that I looked to the other side of the bowlder, and there was my friend of the monkey jacket.

  • monkey jacket and buff vest, looking again at the paper—monkey jacket and buff vest, directing his eyes to Stewart.

British Dictionary definitions for monkey jacket

monkey jacket

noun
1.
a short close-fitting jacket, esp a waist-length jacket similar to a mess jacket
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Slang definitions & phrases for monkey jacket

monkey jacket

noun phrase

  1. Any tight, short jacket, esp one that is part of a uniform (1830+)
  2. A medical patient's gown (1970s+ Medical)

[fr the fact that monkey was a nautical term for anything small, in this case a short, informal jacket as distinct from a formal frock coat; monkey jackets are also the traditional garb of an organ grinder's monkey]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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