Definition of neoprene in English:



mass noun
  • A synthetic polymer resembling rubber, resistant to oil, heat, and weathering.

    • ‘Du Pont renamed it neoprene and began to market it in 1930.’
    • ‘My first pair of chest highs were neoprene, they were cumbersome, bulky and walking was often difficult - they were also useless in warm weather, it was like being in a Turkish bath.’
    • ‘Shock isolating means protecting a component from these sudden jolts by mounting it with a shock-absorbing material like neoprene or natural rubber.’
    • ‘After World War II, the cotton braided coverings were displaced by neoprene and, later, by polyethylene.’
    • ‘It was Droopy Crotch Syndrome city out there - saggy neoprene as far as the eye could see.’
    • ‘The case itself is made of neoprene (versatile synthetic rubber with 70 years of proven performance).’
    • ‘New plastics were invented such as neoprene in 1932, polythene in 1933 and Perspex in 1934.’
    • ‘There he sold his first wetsuits, a few vests he made from gluing together pieces of neoprene.’
    • ‘Bindings also come in a variety of designs and materials, from a simple leather thong to a synthetic sleeve with neoprene or rubber straps and an array of buckle systems.’
    • ‘Unlike PVC gloves, neoprene and nitrile gloves showed leakage rates comparable to latex gloves.’
    • ‘Wear cotton gloves if your hands get irritated; for wet work, cover the cotton with neoprene or vinyl gloves.’
    • ‘Plus, there are dozens of athletic bags that cuddle your dog in stain-resistant neoprene for when you're hiking, camping or just going to the grocery.’
    • ‘Dressed in neoprene, with crash helmet, tank, fins and climbing belt, I was poised above the thundering, algae-green water of a gorge near Hallein, Austria.’
    • ‘But the prospect of distance swims in cold, dark lakes, before peeling away neoprene to power off on a bike and finally to make jellied legs run and run is attracting Britons in droves.’
    • ‘Manton defied the doctors and, with the help of a black strip of neoprene that he bought from a chemist, played senior football for Essendon and Carlton for more than a decade.’
    • ‘They are dressed in shimmering black neoprene, white cotton head covers and old-fashioned, oval masks.’
    • ‘‘It's a very simple idea of a jacket made from 4mm neoprene with a zip on the reverse and adorned in the English flag,’ he said.’
    • ‘These compress like a wetsuit, although modern crushed neoprene and compressed neoprene is claimed not to.’
    • ‘Many designers seemed to have succumbed to the liberating qualities of plastic, neoprene and PVC, with varying degrees of success.’
    • ‘They usually incorporate an elastic material such as neoprene and may include straps or buttresses that help to stabilize the patella.’


1930s: from neo- ‘new’ + prene (perhaps from propyl + -ene), on the pattern of words such as chloroprene.