Origin of overcoating

First recorded in 1885–90; overcoat + -ing1


[noun oh-ver-koht; verb oh-ver-koht, oh-ver-koht]
  1. a coat worn over the ordinary indoor clothing, as in cold weather.
  2. Also called overcoating. an added coating, as of paint, applied for protection.
verb (used with object)
  1. to apply an additional coat of paint to (a surface).

Origin of overcoat

First recorded in 1795–1805; over- + coat
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British Dictionary definitions for overcoating


  1. a warm heavy coat worn over the outer clothes in cold weather
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Word Origin and History for overcoating



"large coat worn over ordinary clothing," 1802, from over- + coat (n.).

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