noun Chemistry.

an oil-resistant synthetic rubber: used chiefly in paints, putties, linings for tanks and chemical apparatus, and in crepe soles for shoes.

Origin of neoprene

First recorded in 1935–40; neo- + (chloro)prene Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for neoprene

Contemporary Examples of neoprene

Historical Examples of neoprene

  • It wasn't a leather, it wasn't a rubber, it was like a neoprene.

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Joel Latham felt a hardness at his heel, an irritating lump inside his neoprene boot.

    One Purple Hope!

    Henry Hasse

  • Scotty spent the time on a small repair job, taping up the neoprene gasoline hoses that carried fuel to the houseboat motors.

    The Flying Stingaree

    Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for neoprene



a synthetic rubber obtained by the polymerization of chloroprene. It is resistant to oil and ageing and is used in waterproof products, such as diving suits, paints, and adhesives

Word Origin for neoprene

C20: from neo- + pr (opyl) + -ene
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Science definitions for neoprene



A tough, synthetic rubber that is resistant to the effects of oils, solvents, heat, and weather. Neoprene is a polymer whose basic constituent is chlorinated butadiene. Neoprene was one of the first synthetic rubbers to be developed.
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