Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

coonskin

[koon-skin]
See more synonyms for coonskin on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. the pelt of a raccoon.
  2. an article of clothing made of coonskin, especially a cap with a tail.
Show More
adjective
  1. made of coonskin: a coonskin cap.
Show More

Origin of coonskin

An Americanism dating back to 1615–25; coon + skin
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for coonskin

Historical Examples

  • He said his name was "Coonskin," and Wisconsin the State of his nativity.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck

    R. Pitcher Woodward

  • "I think he'll walk the rest of the way, Coonskin," said Pod, referring to me.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck

    R. Pitcher Woodward

  • Coonskin spent the night lighting matches and hunting the pests.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck

    R. Pitcher Woodward

  • Coonskin began picketing the donkeys, and promised to follow.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck

    R. Pitcher Woodward

  • Next morning, to my surprise, Coonskin was the first to rise.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck

    R. Pitcher Woodward


British Dictionary definitions for coonskin

coonskin

noun
  1. the pelt of a raccoon
  2. a raccoon cap with the tail hanging at the back
  3. US an overcoat made of raccoon
Show More
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