sweater

A sweater is a knitted piece of clothing that covers the top part of your body. Some people have ugly Christmas sweater contests—and if you wear your neon green reindeer sweater covered with pom-poms, you just might win!

In Britain it's a jumper, but in most of North America, it's a sweater. You put on a sweater either by pulling it over your head (if it's a pullover), or by putting your arms in the sleeves and shrugging it onto your shoulders (if it's a cardigan). As you might have guessed, sweater comes from sweat—the earliest sweaters were worn by rowers, and were intended "to produce sweating and reduce weight."

Primary Meanings of sweater

1.
n
a crocheted or knitted garment covering the upper part of the body
2.
n
a person who perspires
Full Definitions of sweater
1

n a crocheted or knitted garment covering the upper part of the body

Synonyms:
jumper
Types:
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cardigan
a knitted sweater that is fastened up the front with buttons or a zipper
pullover, slipover
a sweater that is put on by pulling it over the head
polo-neck, turtle, turtleneck
a sweater or jersey with a high close-fitting collar
sweatshirt
cotton knit pullover with long sleeves worn during athletic activity
Type of:
garment
an article of clothing
2

n a person who perspires

Synonyms:
perspirer
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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