Definition of anorak in English:



  • 1A waterproof jacket, typically with a hood, of a kind originally used in polar regions.

    • ‘But no, they all came in an anorak or windcheater and a untidy motley lot they were.’
    • ‘She'd dressed for a casual hike: sensible shoes, long silk underwear, jeans - which she was proud to still fit into - a turtleneck, a wool sweater, and an anorak.’
    • ‘A lot of the people I've seen hunting have actually gone in anoraks, and who most townies would describe as thick country bumpkins.’
    • ‘Her son was dressed in an anorak and she had only a denim jacket to keep out the cold.’
    • ‘A fine drizzle had developed, so I wore my waterproof anorak and pulled the hood up to keep from getting too wet.’
    • ‘He wore a dark blue anorak with the hood up, blue jeans and light coloured trainers.’
    • ‘The same children who yesterday were in anoraks and mittens now play football in shorts, football jerseys tied around their waists.’
    • ‘I was fine, wrapped in my weatherproof anorak with the hood up, and found the walk from one end of the precinct to the other a bracing and refreshing experience.’
    • ‘Forget bijou hats, floating chiffon and strappy sandals - ear-muffs, padded anoraks and sensible shoes are the required dress here.’
    • ‘And the other 5% of men are weirdos - the type who wear anoraks in night-clubs and socks in bed.’
    • ‘When Paul, a single man, went missing, he was wearing a blue striped shirt, green anorak and a green baseball cap.’
    • ‘Today Southampton detectives appealed for the public's help in catching the burglar, who was white, aged 15 or 16 with fair hair and wore a grey anorak or fleece jacket.’
    • ‘She had a shopping basket on the front of the bicycle and seemed to be wearing a blue anorak with a hood.’
    • ‘They appeared even less interested in ecology than I was, going through the motions in their wellingtons and anoraks, as if they were stood in a draughty lecture theatre rather than in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.’
    • ‘As my sister distracted the guards, I pulled up the hood from my anorak and quickly disappeared into the large crowd.’
    • ‘Under his grey anorak he wears a dark blue overall.’
    • ‘Particularly important are a windproof jacket, or anorak, with hood or hat and a stout pair of walking boots or shoes as they may have to cross some rough ground to see the best wildlife.’
    • ‘Gavin stood in front of us in a brown anorak with the zip all the way up, no doubt with a neat shirt and tie underneath.’
    • ‘He is described as 5ft 6ins, with brown balding hair, grey stubble and was wearing grey trousers, an orange long sleeve shirt, a mustard coloured felt blazer and a black anorak.’
    • ‘At least in America, you can go outside without a massive anorak and an umbrella; Ireland's weather sucks.’
    raincoat, mackintosh, sou'wester, oilskin, cagoule, cape
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  • 2British derogatory, informal 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’
    • ‘For the anoraks, there are also graphs on both companies' homepages which show how much electricity each part of the island is using per day.’
    • ‘It wasn't just the usual geeks, anoraks and trainspotters that you would expect.’
    • ‘The cult boardgame that was the entertainment of choice for anoraks and geeks in the days before the internet chat-room, Dungeons And Dragons has made it to the big screen.’
    • ‘It was at times tedious stuff, even for tribunal anoraks.’
    • ‘She shares her father's love of programmes that, face it, are never going to make any sense, even to those anoraks who later go through the episodes frame by frame.’
    • ‘Wine anoraks know that these wines are made from Chardonnay grapes, but most drinkers associate Chablis with a taste, not its component parts, and they buy it because they like it, and the idea of it.’
    • ‘At the risk of being labelled an anorak, I love trains.’
    • ‘That's because I'm a bit of an anorak when it comes to cars and most vehicles do leave an impression, whether good, bad or indifferent.’
    • ‘Political anoraks who want to get ahead of the game should read Winning Back America, the former Vermont governor's recently published campaign autobiography.’
    • ‘My children think I'm a bit of an anorak, but I enjoy it.’
    • ‘He's a bit of an anorak, but he's got some nice ideas.’
    • ‘Political anoraks are spoilt for choice this Christmas with three political guides on sale to take them through the hectic events of the past year.’
    • ‘But throughout the book the author drives the story along at a cracking pace, always accurate - but not a book for anoraks.’
    • ‘I'm a bit of a comedy anorak really.’
    • ‘Suddenly I feel like one of those anoraks who criticise the Miss Marple films because they're set in 1951, and that model of bus wasn't introduced until 1953.’
    • ‘Music anoraks may remember Jesse Malin from his days as frontman of hardcore punk band D Generation but ‘The Fine Art Of Self Destruction’ is a far cry from back then.’
    • ‘In Britain they are often called trainspotters or anoraks, and their encyclopedic knowledge, singular focus, and endless talking about their hobby often make them bores to be around.’
    • ‘We can't help feeling that once the anoraks get wind of this, trainspotting may become last year's ‘must do’ leisure-time activity.’
    • ‘But for the history anoraks this was lightning striking twice.’
    • ‘Before Olympic anoraks start writing letters, we know the 1906 Intercalated games don't count as an official Olympiad.’
    bore, dull person
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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.