One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A heavy-duty weatherproof woollen shirt or jacket, typically with a hood.‘he's on the cover of the book, wearing a Swanndri’
- ‘When a Sunday paper mistakenly announced that the Swanndri had come from Dunedin, he sought help from the local newspaper to put the story right.’
- ‘Swanndri is part of New Zealand's heritage and about as Kiwi as you can get.’
- ‘I'm going to guess he owns a Swanndri, and has a bicycle rather than a car.’
- ‘His grandfather made the first ever Swanndri.’
- ‘His full glory shone forth, from his unsightly orange swandri to his midnight-black gumboots.’
- ‘Huddled in a blue and black Swanndri, he stands windblown and red-cheeked as he shares the terrible tale from that winter night more than 100 years ago.’
- ‘The Swanndri is a strong and vibrant part of the New Zealand apparel industry, with markets established in the United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia.’
- ‘He had all the makings of a real New Zealander—a Swanndri, working boots, and all.’
- ‘During the late 1920s and early 1930s, he regularly exhibited his garments at the annual Winter Show, next to a Swanndri suspended in a water-filled crate.’
- ‘My cousin who lives on a farm at the foothills of the Alps is in love with his swandri.’
Early 20th century: proprietary name, an alteration of swan + dry.
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