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[waw-muh s, wom-uh s]
noun, plural wa·mus·es.
  1. a heavy cardigan jacket, loosely knit and belted.
  2. Also wammus, wampus. a durable, coarse, outer jacket.
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Origin of wamus

1795–1805, Americanism; < Dutch wammes (compare German Wams vest, undershirt), Middle Dutch wambuis < dialectal Old French wambois < Frankish *wamb- belly (see womb) + French -ois -ese; see gambeson
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Historical Examples

  • Jeff emerges like Diana from the bath an' frales the wamus off me with a club.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume I. (of X.)


  • At last he put his muffled mouth to my ear and shouted through the cape of his wamus.