or fear·naught

[ feer-nawt ]
/ ˈfɪərˌnɔt /


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

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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