[ an-uh-rak, ah-nuh-rahk ]
/ ˈæn əˌræk, ˈɑ nəˌrɑk /


a hooded pullover jacket originally made of fur and worn in the arctic, now made of any weather-resistant fabric.
a jacket patterned after this, made of any weather-resistant material and worn widely.

Origin of anorak

1920–25; < Inuit (Greenlandic) annoraaq Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anorak

  • Besides the breeches and anorak of light wind-cloth, he made stockings of the same material.

  • Our Burberry wind-clothes were made in the form of anorak (blouse) and trousers, both very roomy.

  • Above the timiak, an outer vest (anorak) is worn, now for the most part made of cotton.

    Eskimo Life|Fridtjof Nansen
  • He turns his anorak back to front, draws his hood up over his face, and then dangles the tupilek between his legs.

    Eskimo Life|Fridtjof Nansen

British Dictionary definitions for anorak


/ (ˈænəˌræk) /


a warm waterproof hip-length jacket usually with a hood, originally worn in polar regions, but now worn for any outdoor activity
informal, derogatory a socially inept person with a hobby considered by most people to be boring

Word Origin for anorak

from Inuktitut ánorâq
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

Word Origin and History for anorak



Eskimo's waterproof, hooded jacket, 1924, from Greenland Eskimo anoraq. Applied to Western imitations of this garment from 1930s. In British slang, "socially inept person" (Partridge associates it with a fondness for left-wing politics and pirate radio) by 1983, on the notion that that sort of person typically wears this sort of coat.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper