Last modified on 9 December 2013, at 01:39

zoot suit

EnglishEdit

A soldier and two men wearing zoot suits in Washington D.C. in 1942

EtymologyEdit

Zoot may be a Caló slang pronunciation of suit, thus making the term a tautology and reduplication.

NounEdit

zoot suit (plural zoot suits)

  1. An outfit featuring a suit with broad shoulders, a long coat, and baggy trousers that taper to a tight fit at the ankles.
    • 2003, Terry Castle, London Review of Books, 18 Dec.:
      Dexter Gordon was an idol around Central Avenue. He was tall. He wore a wide-brimmed hat that made him seem like he was about seven feet tall. He had a stoop to his walk and wore long zoot suits, and he carried his tenor in a sack under his arm.

SynonymsEdit

  • (outfit): drapes (dated AAVE slang)

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