or fear·naught

[ feer-nawt ]

  1. a stout woolen cloth for overcoats.

  2. an outer garment of this cloth.

Origin of fearnought

First recorded in 1765–75; fear + nought

Words Nearby fearnought

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How to use fearnought in a sentence

  • 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
  • The jacket is made of a thick woollen stuff, called fearnought, which is provided by the government.

  • 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) /

  1. a heavy woollen fabric

  2. a coat made of such fabric

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