anorak /ˈanərak/

a

I. noun

1. a waterproof jacket, typically with a hood, of a kind originally used in polar regions.
2.
(Brit.)
‹informal›
‹derogatory› a studious or obsessive person with unfashionable and largely solitary interests.

with his thick specs, shabby shoes, and grey suit, he looks a bit of an anorak.
II. derivatives

1. anoraked
adjective


2. anorakish
adjective


3. anoraky
adjective


– origin 1920s: from Greenlandic anoraq. The British English informal sense dates from the 1980s and derives from the anoraks worn by trainspotters, regarded as typifying this kind of person.

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