Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fearless person.
  • n. A stout woolen cloth of great thickness; dreadnaught
  • n. A warm garment, especially one made of this cloth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fearless person.
  • n. A stout woolen cloth of great thickness; dreadnaught; also, a warm garment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as dreadnaught, 3.
  • n. A machine with a main cylinder, workers, and strippers with steel hooks, or teeth, for teasing or opening wool preparatory to carding.

Etymologies

fear +‎ naught (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At the powder magazine, flannel “fearnaught” curtains were hung and soaked, lest fire flash through and detonate the whole ship like a bomb.

    John Paul Jones

  • Are made of thick fearnaught, or of double baize, with holes through which to pass the powder; these holes to be covered by broad flaps of the same material.

    Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. 1866. Fourth edition.

  • He is specially charged with the care and distribution of articles for stopping shot-holes or repairing other injuries to the hull, which may be received in action, viz.: shot-plugs and mauls; pieces of pine board from eighteen inches to three feet long, and from twelve to fifteen inches wide, covered with felt or fearnaught, previously coated with tar or white lead; patches of sheet-lead, all with nail-holes punched; and trouser-slings for lowering men outside the vessel, to be provided with a pouch or pocket, to contain a hammer and nails.

    Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. 1866. Fourth edition.

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