zoot suit

[ zoot ]
/ zut /


a man's suit with baggy, tight-cuffed, sometimes high-waisted trousers and an oversized jacket with exaggeratedly broad, padded shoulders and wide lapels, often worn with suspenders and a long watch chain and first popularized in the early 1940s.

Nearby words

  1. zoosemiotics,
  2. zoosperm,
  3. zoosporangium,
  4. zoospore,
  5. zoosterol,
  6. zoot suiter,
  7. zootechnics,
  8. zootomic,
  9. zootomy,
  10. zootoxin

Origin of zoot suit

1940–45, Americanism; rhyming compound based on suit

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British Dictionary definitions for zoot suit

zoot suit

/ (zuːt) /


slang a man's suit consisting of baggy trousers with very tapered bottoms and a long jacket with wide padded shoulders, popular esp in the US in the 1940s
Derived Formszoot-suiter, noun

Word Origin for zoot suit

C20: of uncertain origin; perhaps an arbitrary rhyme on suit

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Word Origin and History for zoot suit

zoot suit


1942, American English slang, the first element probably a nonsense reduplication of suit (cf. reet pleat, drape shape from the same jargon).

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