Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A heavy jacket with a hood; a parka.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A heavy weatherproof jacket with an attached hood; a parka or windcheater.
  • n. A geek or nerd, possibly originally either a train spotter or a fan of off-shore pirate radio.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a kind of heavy jacket (`windcheater' is a British term)

Etymologies

Inuit annoraaq.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Greenlandic annoraaq. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • SWEENEY: Patrick, the word anorak comes to mind and that comes from my childhood, but it was where people would have a fixation on a particular thing, it might be radio presenters or people in news or something like that, and they would constantly communicate with each other.

    CNN Transcript Jul 24, 2004

  • In fact, he is something of an "anorak" on the subject.

    The NUT's John Bangs – the best leader they never had – is stepping down

  • It's well known that "anorak" is just a foreign name for a dirty mac, so the UK government probably thinks they've already got that one covered....

    O (English) Rose, Thou Art Sick

  • The blog's name Ardent Student is due the fact that I acknowledge that I am an utter learning geek - what the British call an "anorak".

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • Perhaps the term was intended to describe not my clothing but my personality; something just short of "anorak".

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • It must be something to do with our climate, whose low grey skies encourage a certain kind of anorak to spend hours burrowing in libraries.

    CathNews

  • The IT sector's "anorak" image is a turnoff and women are needed to plug the skills gap - Comment: Top 10 cool IT people revealed

    The most recent articles from Computing

  • Some believe, for all its faults, that the former committee system did not just allow elected members to make real decisions it also equipped them with the kind of anorak specialist knowledge that could later be put to good use when taking up cases on behalf of constituents.

    inside out

  • Train spotting may have acquired an "anorak" tag but it was once one of Britain's most popular hobbies.

    Daily Express News Feeds

  • My hobby (pastime, interest, absorption, obsession, certifiability, whatever) is the history and development of London, but that started from collecting bus numbers (the next one who says "anorak" is history) but becoming more interested in where the buses went, then why.

    BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition

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