Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[kur-zee] /ˈkɜr zi/
noun, plural kerseys.
a heavy overcoating of wool or wool and cotton, similar to beaver and melton.
a coarse twilled woolen cloth with a cotton warp, used especially for work clothes.
a garment made of kersey.
Origin of kersey
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; perhaps after Kersey, in Suffolk, England Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for kersey
Historical Examples
  • She had a kersey coat, covered with girdles of wampom from the loins upward.

  • The pay was small, often but a shilling a night, and occasionally a "coat of kersey."

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Both Bob and Welton were dressed in flannel and kersey, with the heavy German socks and lumberman's rubbers on their feet.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • "We has a bolt o' moleskin and a bolt o' kersey cloth," said Mrs. Twig.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • kersey—A heavy, closely woven cloth with a smooth face and glossy finish.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Over the kersey adickey another adickey of some smooth-surfaced, strong material, preferably moleskin, should be worn.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • kersey's Dictionary describes an Umbrella as a "screen commonly used by women to keep off rain."

    Umbrellas and their History William Sangster
  • Beaver—Similar to kersey, but with a longer nap, soft, thick nap inside.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • This outside adickey should of course be just enough larger than the kersey or blanket adickey to fit over it easily.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • The common burgher in his homespun breeches and kersey coat also took a part.

    Old Taverns of New York William Harrison Bayles
British Dictionary definitions for kersey


a smooth woollen cloth used for overcoats, etc
a twilled woollen cloth with a cotton warp
Word Origin
C14: probably from Kersey, village in Suffolk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for kersey

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for kersey

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for kersey