OTHER WORDS FROM waterproofwa·ter·proof·er, nounwa·ter·proof·ness, noun
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What does waterproof mean?
If something is waterproof, water can’t soak it or get inside of it. For example, waterproof boots will keep your feet dry even if you walk in water.
Waterproof is also commonly used as a verb meaning to make something waterproof, as in We need to waterproof this basement so it won’t flood during rainstorms.
Waterproof is sometimes used in the U.K. as a noun to refer to a waterproof garment, especially a raincoat, as in It’s raining, so you’d better wear your waterproof.
Example: Make sure you get a waterproof tent—the ones that are only water-resistant can still let the rain in.
Where does waterproof come from?
The first records of waterproof come from the 1600s, but it wasn’t used in its current sense until the 1700s. The suffix -proof means “impervious or resistant to,” and is used in words like fireproof and bulletproof.
If something is waterproof, it means it is completely impervious or resistant to water—water won’t damage it, penetrate it, or otherwise change it. Sometimes, there’s no harm in getting wet, but water can damage things (like electronics) or make them uncomfortable (like socks). A lot of outdoor gear, like gloves, boots, and raincoats, is often labeled as waterproof or water-resistant, but these two things are not the same. If you want a raincoat that is truly impervious to all water, you want a waterproof one. Water-resistant means it will repel water but some water may still be able to penetrate the surface. Of course, truly waterproof items are often more expensive.
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- waterproofer (noun)
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How is waterproof used in real life?
Many products are made to specifically be waterproof, and the word is often used as a selling point when advertising such items.
Almost stuck my phone in the pool forgetting that it ain’t waterproof anymore …
— Lyssa⁷ LOVES TEN | WAYV 🎫 (@U10vely) April 7, 2020
UPDATE: Jubilee Bridge, Barrow. Our contractor is waterproofing the opening span of the bridge (the orange strip) to prevent water getting through the bridge deck and damaging the steelwork underneath. The contractor will then resurface over the protective layer tomorrow evening. pic.twitter.com/wSG2osrubk
— Cumbria County Council (@CumbriaCC) July 11, 2018
OK trying to be an actual adult this year…. Please can people hit me with your waterproof raincoat suggestions plz? And I mean REALLY waterproof not just drizzle proof
— Jade-Emily Till (@greendayjade) June 4, 2019
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Something labeled water-resistant is usually the same as something labeled waterproof.
How to use waterproof in a sentence
Keep in mind, this model is less water-resistant than others, so if you foresee rain during an all-day hunt, look for something that is guaranteed waterproof.Best hand warmers: Block the chill during your favorite winter activities|PopSci Commerce Team|February 10, 2021|Popular-Science
The best heated vests for women will also be waterproof, machine washable, and have batteries that can handle hours of runtime.Best heated vest: Beat the cold weather with the right winter gear|PopSci Commerce Team|February 9, 2021|Popular-Science
If you opt for the mitten route when performing snow sports, be sure to get a waterproof pair so that your hands remain dry when you land in the snow.
Be careful to investigate whether the gloves you’re considering are truly waterproof.Best winter gloves: Our picks for touch screen gloves, ski gloves, and more|PopSci Commerce Team|February 2, 2021|Popular-Science
If you happen to be in a rather wet environment, we suggest finding a trapper hat with a waterproof exterior.Best winter hats: Comfortable hats to keep you warm|Carsen Joenk|January 20, 2021|Popular-Science
But then, against all odds, it turned out that somehow, it had held its own and remained waterproof.Making 'The Dog': The Amazing True Story Behind ‘Dog Day Afternoon’|Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So they had to make me this waterproof renaissance gown and I would have to descend into the hot tub for rehearsal.Michaela Watkins: Fired From ‘SNL’ To Hollywood’s Funniest Scene-Stealer|Kevin Fallon|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The money was packaged in waterproof containers and thrown out of small, fixed-wing aircrafts over the ship.
But tears were not the things to find their way to Mr. Bumbles soul; his heart was waterproof.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens
In rainy weather Hepzebiah wears a blue waterproof with a little hood but the ducks do not need anything like that.Seven O'Clock Stories|Robert Gordon Anderson
Rubbers and waterproof were hurried on, and Tessa was left alone with the fire, the rain, and her work.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
I had some doubtfully clean straw and my coat and waterproof, but I found it cold all the same.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie|George Brenton Laurie
The Duke of Cambridge, wrapped in a waterproof coat, spent most of the night riding about among his men.The British Expedition to the Crimea|William Howard Russell