American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A heavy jacket with a hood; a parka.
- n. A heavy weatherproof jacket with an attached hood; a parka or windcheater.
- n. UK, slang A geek or nerd, possibly originally either a train spotter or a fan of off-shore pirate radio.
- n. a kind of heavy jacket (`windcheater' is a British term)
- From Greenlandic annoraaq. (Wiktionary)
- Inuit annoraaq. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“In fact, he is something of an "anorak" on the subject.”
“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....”
“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".”
“Perhaps the term was intended to describe not my clothing but my personality; something just short of "anorak".”
“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.”
“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”
“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.”
“Train spotting may have acquired an "anorak" tag but it was once one of Britain's most popular hobbies.”
“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.”
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