1. the soft, deep-gray, fragile fur of the mole.
  2. a strong and heavy napped, twilled cotton fabric used for sportswear and work clothing.
  3. moleskins, a garment, especially trousers, of this fabric.
  4. a soft, usually adhesive-backed fabric applied to the feet or other areas of the body to prevent irritation or abrasion.

Origin of moleskin

First recorded in 1660–70; mole1 + skin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for moleskins

peanut, sphere, oval, pigskin, moleskin, porker, watermelon, pineapple

Examples from the Web for moleskins

Historical Examples of moleskins

  • Descending, I passed a giant in moleskins who filled the low-ceiled tap-room.

  • Moleskins, flannel waistcoat, cabbage-tree hat and 'lastic-side boots.

  • "They" came before twilight—a black-bearded man in moleskins, and a little palsied old woman, who chirruped like a wren.

    Actions and Reactions

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Boys would go to the few schools in the town in moleskins as woolen was expensive.

  • A few had stopped to get their coats, but most of them wore nothing over their soil-and toil-stained shirts and moleskins.

    Colonial Born

    G. Firth Scott

British Dictionary definitions for moleskins


pl n
  1. clothing of moleskin


  1. the dark grey dense velvety pelt of a mole, used as a fur
  2. a hard-wearing cotton fabric of twill weave used for work clothes, etc
  3. (modifier) made from moleskina moleskin waistcoat
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Word Origin and History for moleskins



1660s, from mole (2) + skin (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper