zoot suit

zoot suit

[zoot]
noun
a man's suit with baggy, tight-cuffed, sometimes high-waisted trousers and an oversized jacket with exaggeratedly broad, padded shoulders and wide lapels, often worn with suspenders and a long watch chain and first popularized in the early 1940s.

Origin:
1940–45, Americanism; rhyming compound based on suit

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zoot suit (zuːt)
 
n
slang a man's suit consisting of baggy trousers with very tapered bottoms and a long jacket with wide padded shoulders, popular esp in the US in the 1940s
 
[C20: of uncertain origin; perhaps an arbitrary rhyme on suit]
 
'zoot-suiter
 
n

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zoot suit
1942, Amer.Eng. slang, the first element probably a nonsense reduplication of suit (cf. reet pleat, drape shape from the same jargon).
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