verb (used with object)
- corduroy road,
Origin of corduroy
Examples from the Web for corduroys
Before he could emerge from the water, the future dandy author of Pelham had to borrow a suit of corduroys from a rustic.
Other disguises were resorted to; one of the commonest being to change clothes or to turn your corduroys outside in.Auld Licht Idylls|J. M. Barrie
I verily believe an able pair of corduroys can, when feeling good, soak up ten pounds of water.Camp and Trail|Stewart Edward White
He whistled very softly to himself and sank his hands deep into the pockets of his corduroys.Snow-Blind|Katharine Newlin Burt
The tanned stranger in corduroys, hickory shirt, and pinched-in hat of the range rider was Royal Beaudry.The Sheriff's Son|William MacLeod Raine
Word Origin for corduroy
1780, probably from cord + obsolete 17c. duroy, name of a coarse fabric made in England, of unknown origin. Folk etymology is from *corde du roi "the king's cord," but this is not attested in French, where the term for the cloth was velours à côtes. Applied in U.S. to a road of logs across swampy ground (1780s) on similarity of appearance.
CORDUROY ROAD. A road or causeway constructed with logs laid together over swamps or marshy places. When properly finished earth is thrown between them by which the road is made smooth; but in newly settled parts of the United States they are often left uncovered, and hence are extremely rough and bad to pass over with a carriage. Sometimes they extend many miles. They derive their name from their resemblance to a species of ribbed velvet, called corduroy. [Bartlett]