or fear·naught

[ feer-nawt ]
/ ˈfɪərˌnɔt /


a stout woolen cloth for overcoats.
an outer garment of this cloth.

Nearby words

  1. feared,
  2. fearful,
  3. fearfully,
  4. fearless,
  5. fearlessly,
  6. fearsome,
  7. fearsomely,
  8. feasance,
  9. feasibility,
  10. feasibility study

Origin of fearnought

First recorded in 1765–75; fear + nought

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Examples from the Web for fearnought

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for fearnought



/ (ˈfɪəˌnɔːt) /


a heavy woollen fabric
a coat made of such fabric
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