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fearnought

or fearnaught

[feer-nawt] /ˈfɪərˌnɔt/
noun
1.
a stout woolen cloth for overcoats.
2.
an outer garment of this cloth.
Origin of fearnought
1765-1775
First recorded in 1765-75; fear + nought
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  • Large gauntlet mitts were made during the winter, of fearnought covered with duck, and worn with a strap round the neck.

    The Great Frozen Sea Albert Hastings Markham
  • No, no—number seven will do as well; Mrs C— wants some fearnought, to put down in the entrance hall.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
  • For'ard of the conning-tower half a dozen bluejackets, clad in fearnought suits, evinced a lively interest in the proceedings.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • Then John with his legs in a sack and a fearnought jacket round him, snored in the cutty, whilst Tony nodded sleepily outside.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for fearnought

fearnought

/ˈfɪəˌnɔːt/
noun
1.
a heavy woollen fabric
2.
a coat made of such fabric
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