[ waw-ter-ri-pel-uhnt, wot-er- ]

  1. having a finish that resists but is not impervious to water.

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Origin of water-repellent

First recorded in 1895–1900

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How to use water-repellent in a sentence

  • Moosehide at best is not water repellent and is good for dry trails and dry snow work because of its porosity.

    Touring Afoot | Claude Powell Fordyce
  • The pants should be of Mackinaw which is warm, wearable, and to a certain extent water repellent.

    Touring Afoot | Claude Powell Fordyce

British Dictionary definitions for water-repellent


  1. (of fabrics, garments, etc) having a finish that resists the absorption of water

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