Definition of mackintosh in English:


(also macintosh)


  • 1A full-length waterproof coat.

    • ‘At the annual Agricultural and Horse Show at Moreton-in-Marsh on Saturday it was advisable to wear gum boots and have a mackintosh handy for the next storm.’
    • ‘‘She forgot her mackintosh and got soaked,’ Clarissa said evenly.’
    • ‘I saw someone, wearing a mackintosh, come up the hill.’
    • ‘Clad in a nightdress, boots (no socks) and a mackintosh, I am swept along by the crowd running before the speeding police jeeps until we are surrounded on all sides by heavily armed police.’
    • ‘The ‘official uniform’ consisted of a blue skirt and walking bloomers, a white blouse, a hat, walking shoes, a mackintosh, and a sweater.’
    • ‘I sat on my haunches, watching, no longer cold and soaked, my undercoat still dry and snug as a mackintosh.’
    • ‘Went to London today and wore the big macintosh which makes me look rather larger than normal (very useful in trains when people are choosing which of the remaining seats to take for themselves).’
    • ‘She had to borrow a plastic mackintosh from a friend to avoid embarrassment at the police station where she was to be interviewed.’
    • ‘Morning by morning in a mackintosh and cap, in which he was not seen at other times, he found his way across the bridge to the New Court baths.’
    • ‘One of the things I most liked having was a mackintosh, sou'wester and gum boots.’
    • ‘Jim Gordon cuts a weatherbeaten figure, with his tired eyes and battered mackintosh.’
    • ‘I had 35 shillings wrapped up in a hankie in my mackintosh pocket.’
    • ‘His face broke into a grin when he saw Ruth coated with a similar mackintosh.’
    • ‘He was clean shaven, with short grey hair and wore a smart macintosh coat and black shoes.’
    • ‘I hung on to the back of his kilt as he set off in his stout brogues and little protection against the weather other than a sou'wester and a mackintosh.’
    • ‘It shows a man in a grey mackintosh, surrounded by archaic listening equipment.’
    • ‘After the war, Miss Stuart's costume ‘is covered, winter and summer, by a frayed macintosh… and she now wears a hat as well - a thing like a basket pulled down over her straying, pepper-and-salt hair’.’
    • ‘The cold, damp winters require heavy coats, mackintoshes (rain-coats), and warm woolen clothes.’
    • ‘Riders competing in the jumping classes braved the rain, put on their macintoshes and carried on.’
    • ‘Ruth deposited her wet mackintosh on the floor and went upstairs, shivering every now and then.’
    raincoat, overcoat, gaberdine, trench coat
    anorak, cagoule, cape, oilskin, waterproof
    burberry, drizabone
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    1. 1.1[usually as modifier]Cloth waterproofed with rubber.
      • ‘During my usual mid-morning stroll along Bond Street, London, I noticed I was being followed by a short man wearing what appeared to be the lining of a dogs basket cut into the shape of a macintosh jacket.’
      • ‘Can someone care to explain what are the differences between a trench coat, a rain coat, a macintosh coat and a walking coat?’
      • ‘I ordered the macintosh jacket I've been wanting for a while now.’
      • ‘The macintosh jacket is updated with delicate details such as a belted collar and flower-print lining.’


Mid 19th century: named after Charles Macintosh (1766–1843), the Scottish inventor who originally patented the cloth.