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[swet-shurt] /ˈswɛtˌʃɜrt/
a loose, long-sleeved, collarless pullover of soft, absorbent fabric, as cotton jersey, with close-fitting or elastic cuffs and sometimes a drawstring at the waist, commonly worn during athletic activity for warmth or to induce sweating.
Also, sweat shirt.
Origin of sweatshirt
1920-25; sweat + shirt Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sweatshirt
  • The presenter, in a bright red sweatshirt, is demonstrating how to construct a cardboard cut-out bumblebee.
  • Also included a dark colored heavy cotton hooded sweatshirt and a pair of sweat pants and a navy watch cap for cold nights.
  • Slip this sweatshirt over anything for the ultimate in relaxation whether you're on the bay or in the bleachers.
  • She was wearing a flowery rose-colored skirt, a bright blue sweatshirt, and a bandanna tied under her chin.
  • My sweatshirt sleeve is covered again with them, tap-tapping their canelike proboscises, prospecting for blood.
  • He didn't wash that sweatshirt, because when you've helped one set of alien robots defeat another, you need a memento.
  • She was the high school student not wearing a sweatshirt.
  • He wore baggy painter's pants, high-top sneakers with the neon laces undone and an oversize sweatshirt.
  • He was strangled when the drawstring on the hooded sweatshirt that he was wearing became stuck on a play ground set.
  • Bring a light jacket and/or a sweatshirt for the spring and fall months.
British Dictionary definitions for sweatshirt


a long-sleeved knitted cotton sweater worn by athletes, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sweatshirt

by 1921, from sweat + shirt. Related: Sweatshirted.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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