or fear·naught


Origin of fearnought

First recorded in 1765–75; fear + nought
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Examples from the Web for fearnought

Historical Examples of fearnought

  • 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



  1. a heavy woollen fabric
  2. a coat made of such fabric
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