Reverse Dictionary: CLO – CLOT

1548 • PALLIATE cloaked, covered, concealed; mitigated (obs.)
1548 • PALLIATE to cover with or as with a cloak; to cloak, to clothe, to shelter (obs.)

1911Bk • BEHINT slow; said of a clock or watch 
1798 • BEFORE fast; said of a clock or watch 
1564 • WAKENER an alarm attached to a clock (obs.)
1586 • LARUM an apparatus attached to a clock or watch, to produce a ringing sound at any fixed hour (obs.)
1611 • JAR a vibration or tick of the clock (obs.)
1629 • PALM the hand of a clock (obs.)
1677 • TABLE the face or dial-plate of a clock or watch (obs.)
1711 • TIMIST a clock, a timepiece (obs.)
1794 • WANREST the pendulum of a clock (obs.)
1809 • MOMENT-HAND the minute-hand of a clock or watch (obs.)
1825 • WAG-AT-THE WALL a hanging clock with pendulum and weights exposed 
1827 • TING the sound of a clock striking 
1865 • HOROLOGIOGRAPHY the description of watches and clocks
1865 • TICK-TACK the tick or ticking sound of a clock 
1865 • TING-A-LING the sound of a clock striking 
1873 • BAT the stroke of a clock 
1876 • WAGGITY-WA a hanging clock having the pendulum and weights uncovered 
1884 • TIMER a clock or watch, with reference to its time-keeping qualities 
1889 • HANDLE the hand of a clock or watch 
1895 • WAGGITY a hanging clock having the pendulum and weights uncovered 
1899 • LEAD the weight at the end of a clock’s pendulum
20C • WAG a clock 
1905Bk • HAIR OF THE HEAD CLOCK a clock hanging to the wall, with weights and pendulum exposed 
1905Bk • WAG-BY-THE-WALL a hanging clock with pendulum and weights exposed 
1905Bk • WAGGER a cheap wooden hanging clock (obs.)
1905Bk • WAG-IN-THE-WALL a hanging clock with pendulum and weights exposed 
1911 • TAIL the pendulum of a clock 
1950s • TICK a clock 
1959 • FACE a clock or watch 
1991Bk • HOROLOGIOGRAPHY the art of making timepieces
1890Bk • CLOCKEY a travelling clockmaker 
1400 • THE ORLOGE FALLES the  hammer of the clock strikes 
1901 • IT RUNS ON GINGERBREAD WHEELS said of an unreliable timepiece
1370 • SMITE of a bell or clock: to strike
1593 • JAR to tick; said of a clock (obs.)
1905Bk • NECK to tick as a clock 
1950 • TACK to tick as a clock 
1953 • CLOCKIFY to repair clocks

1597 • SUNGATES clockwise; in the direction of the apparently daily movement of the sun; i.e. from left to right (in the northern hemisphere)  (obs.)
1774 • SUNWAYS clockwise; in the direction of the apparently daily movement of the sun; i.e. from left to right (in the northern hemisphere) 

1900BkGALASH a clog or wooden shoe

1898Bk • BALTERY clogged, lumpy 
1898Bk • BALTERED clogged, tangled, matted together 
1970 • CHUGGED UP clogged 
1430 • ACCLOY to clog, to block, to obstruct, to choke 
1484 • DAG to clog with dirt, to bemire, to daggle, to bedraggle (obs.)
1601 • BALTER to clog or clot with anything sticky (obs.)
1674 • BECLAM to clog with anything clammy or sticky (obs.)
1890 • HAWM to clog, to shackle, to hamper 
1976 • GUNGE UP to become clogged up or obstructed 

1200 • ONFAST close on, near (obs.)
1205 • BESIDES close by, near (obs.)
1300 • NEAR HAND close at hand, close by (obs.)
1300 • QUEME close, near at hand; convenient, handy (obs.)
1450 • PREST close at hand, near (obs.)
1598 • ON THE NECK OF close upon, or behind 
1630 • ANIGH close or near 
L17 • WITHIN AMBS-ACE OF • WITHIN AMES-ACE OF very close to, within an ace of 
1748 • BACK AND EDGE close by, adjoining  (obs.)
M18 • CLOSE AS GOD’S CURSE TO A WHORE’S ASS very close indeed 
M18 • CLOSE AS SHIRT AND SHITTEN ARSE very close indeed 
1775 • IN THE NECK OF close upon, or behind 
1787 • HAND TO NEIVE close together, hand in glove, intimately, familiarly 
1790 • AIM close, near; said of distance, etc. 
1790 • ANEARST close to, near 
1796 • GAIN-HAND close at hand, near to, adjacent; easily reached, convenient 
1796 • GAIN-OF-HAND close at hand, near to, adjacent; easily reached, convenient 
1813 • HAND FOR NEIVE close together, hand in glove, intimately, familiarly 
1813 • IN-ABOUT close to a place, near, in the vicinity 
1821 • NOT A HUNDRED MILES FROM very close to 
1834 • SIDE AND SIDE close together; side by side; abreast 
1836 • WITHIN COOEE close, nearby 
1837 • JAM UP close, very near; hard up against 
1861 • NECK AND NECK close; almost equal 
1871 • NEARABOUT close to, near 
1884 • NIGHABOUT close by, near by, in the vicinity 
1893 • ANEAR close by, near 
1900Bk • ALL IN A DICKER very close together 
1900Bk  ALL IN A DIGGER very close together 
1900Bk • FAST-AGAIN close at hand, close by 
1900Bk • FAST-BY close at hand, close by 
1908 • NEAR AS DAMMIT very close or near indeed 
1909 • IN ONE’S POCKET close to or in close proximity to someone 
1912 • JAM close, very near; hard up against 
1938 • ALL AROUND close, near 
1938 • LIKE WHITE ON RICE very close to; in very close proximity 
1965 • NICK AND TUCK very close, just about equal 
1965 • NICK OR TUCK very close, just about equal 
1966 • NICK AND NICK very close, just about equal 
1967 • IN SOMEONE’S ASS close by 
1970s • BY-A-WHISKER very close, very nearly tied 
1997 • CLOSE AS A QUARTER TO NINE very close 
1997 • CLOSER THAN A QUARTER TO NINE very close 
1997 • UP SOMEONE’S ARSE very close behind; in close proximity 
1999Bk • WITHIN COOEE • WITHIN COOEY quite close; almost
1225 • NARROW closely, straitly, strictly (obs.)
1300 • FAST closely, at once, immediately (obs.)
1300 • FASTLY closely, securely (obs.)
1330 • SARRALY closely, in close order or array, densely (obs.)
1375 • SARRAY closely, in close order or array, densely (obs.)
1545 • ARCTLY closely, tightly (obs.)
1548 • NEAR HAND closely, at close quarters (obs.)
1560 • NARROWLY closely, straitly (obs.)
1883 • TIGHTLY closely, thoroughly; minutely 
1893 • NEARER-HAND closer, nearer 
1612 • AFFINITY closeness, proximity; the state of being near to something (obs.)
20C • A SPIT AND A GOB very close; not far away 
1930 • CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR close, but not close enough to win a prize, etc. 
1980 • A QUARTER TO NINE very close; said of a relation between people 
1982 • STICK CLOSE LIKE FLIES ON HORSESHIT to stay very close 

1892 • TIGHT AS A CUP very close or tight 
1901 • TIGHT AS A RAT-TRAP very close or tight 
1905Bk • TIGHT AS WAX very close or tight 
1960s • LIKE FUNK ON A SKUNK very close, extremely intimate 
1960s • LIKE STANK ON SHIT very close, extremely intimate 
1960s • LIKE STINK ON GLUE very close, extremely intimate 
1960s • LIKE STINK ON SHIT very close, extremely intimate 
2000Bk • AS CLOSE AS STINK ON SHIT very close, intimate, inseparable

1000 • YFOLDEN closed; folded (obs.)
1303 • YDYT closed, shut up (obs.)
1377 • YCLOSED closed (obs.)
1719 • OBTURATORY serving to close or stop up 
1916 • DARK closed; not in operation 
CLOSE (shut) etc. – VERBS
900 • TINE to close or shut, as a door, gate, window, house, one’s mouth, eyes, etc. (obs.)
971 • BELOUKE to close, to shut a door, etc. (obs.)
1583 • OPPRESS to close, to shut up (obs.)
1589 • BUNG to close, to stop; to shut up 
1657 • OBTURATE to close, to stop up, to obstruct 
1693 • VAIK • VAKE to close for a time; to become or remain vacant or unoccupied (obs.)
1776 • FAULD to close a door, clasp knife, the eyes, the fist, etc. 
1806 • BAB to close, to shut 
1874 • TEEN to close, to shut 
1905Bk • THEENE to close (obs.)
2006Bk • FOLD to close, to fail 

1175 • FAST close-fisted, mean, niggardly (obs.)
1600 • STRAIT-HANDED close-fisted, parsimonious, niggardly, grasping, stingy (obs.)
1603 • HANDFAST close-fisted, tight-fisted 
1607 • FAST-FINGERED close-fisted (obs.)
1611 • FAST-HANDED close-fisted (obs.)
1644 • CLUNCH-FISTED close-fisted, niggardly, covetous, stingy  (obs.)
1703 • HARD close-fisted, grasping, penurious, miserly; covetous 
1823 • PARTAN-HANDED close-fisted, stingy, mean, miserly, grasping, tight-fisted 
1823 • RHINY close-fisted, miserly; too stingy to be clean 
1826 • IRON-FISTED close-fisted, niggardly, covetous, miserly, stingy, mean 
1602 • HUNKS a close-fisted, stingy man
1606 • CLUNCHFIST a close-fisted person; a miser, a niggardly person  (obs.)
1622 • CRIB a close-fisted person, one who keeps a tight hold of what he has (obs.)
1652 • CLUSTERFIST a close-fisted, mean, or grasping fellow; a miserly fellow, a niggard 
1700 • HOG-GRUBBER a close-fisted person; a mean, stingy, sneaking fellow; a miser, a niggard (obs.)
1781 • HASPIN • HESPIN a close-fisted person; a miser; a greedy and over-reaching man 
19C • RASPER a close-fisted, economical person 
19C • RAZOR-FACE a close-fisted and greedy person 
1898 • MISERD a close-fisted, avaricious person 

1905Bk • NEAR CHANCE a close shave 
1905Bk • NEAR GAN a close shave 
1905Bk • NEAR-RUN THING a close shave; a narrow escape 

1450 • GARDEROBE a locked closet; a wardrobe 
1793 • CUDDY a closet or cupboard
1848 • CUDDY-HOLE a closet or cupboard
1931 • POKE-HOLE a closet, a cubbyhole 
1961 • LOCKER a closet, a wardrobe; a small storage area 
1966 • FIBBER MCGEE’S CLOSET an untidy or overstuffed closet, cubbyhole, or room that serves as a catchall 
1969 • SHIFT-ROBE a movable closet for hanging clothes 

1944 JAMB-KE-DAB • JAM-KE-DAB close up

1605 • DESINENT closing, end, terminating, forming the end (obs.)
1837 • TEENING • TEENING-TIME closing time; lighting-up time 

1587 • QUARRY clotted, coagulated (obs.)
1599 • QUARRED clotted, curdled; soured (obs.)
1825 • LAPPER a clot or mass of clots or coagulated matter, esp. milk or blood 
1898Bk • BAGES clots, a lump 
1898Bk • BALTER a clot; a coagulated lump 
1550 • BERK to clot, to make matted (obs.)
1601 • BALTER to form clots or tangled knots; to stick together by coagulation (obs.)
1768 • LAPPER to clot, to coagulate, to curdle; said of milk or blood 
1898Bk • ATTER to clot, to curdle, to cake 

1300 • PANE a cloth; a piece of cloth (obs.)
1480 • PANE a piece, width, or strip of cloth, of which several were joined together side by side, so as to make one cloth, curtain, or garment (obs.)
1561 • TOILE cloth  (obs.)
1721 • FAG-END the last part of a piece of cloth; the part that hangs loose, often of coarser texture than the rest 
1765 • GAIR a strip or triangular piece of cloth, a gusset in a garment 
1790 • AMPER a defect or flaw in cloth 
1864 • TANGLE a torn loosely-pendent strip of cloth 
1900 • FARLE wisps of cloth, anything curly and fluttering; clouds 
1504 • PANE to make up a piece of cloth or a garment of pieces or strips of different sorts or colours, joined side by side 

1297 • YCLOTHED clothed (obs.)
1320 • YCLAD clothed (arch.)
1450 • BUSKED clothed, attired, dressed up; adorned, embellished 
1640 • RIGGED provided or covered with clothing, esp. formal or appropriate clothing
1656 • AMICTED clothed or covered with a garment (obs.)
1790 • HAPPED covered or wrapped up with clothes or wrappings 
1807 • HABITED clothed, dressed 
1827 • THIN OF CLOTHES scantily clothed 
1831 • HABILABLE capable of being clothed 
1833 • RAIMENTED clothed 
1833 • SANSCULOTTIC inadequately or improperly clothed 
1225 • BEGO to clothe, to dress; to attire, to deck, to adorn (obs.)
1300 • DUB to clothe, to dress, to array, to adorn (obs.)
1300 • HATER to clothe, to attire (obs.)
1340 • UMCLEAD to clothe about (obs.)
1350 • TIRE to clothe duly, to attire, to dress, to adorn (obs.)
1362 • BACK to clothe, to cover the back of (obs.)
1400 • BUSK to clothe, to dress, to attire a person; to adorn a thing 
1400 • HARNESS to clothe, to dress, to apparel, to array (obs.)
1400 • HATTER to clothe, to attire (obs.)
1400 • UMBECLEAD to clothe, to wrap up (obs.)
1513 • ADDRESS to clothe (obs.)
1513 • DECK to clothe, to cover with garments (obs.)
1529 • GARNISH to clothe, to dress esp. in an elegant fashion (obs.)
1548 • PALLIATE to clothe, to cloak, to cover with or as with a cloak (obs.)
1569 • BUSS to clothe, to dress; to dress up, to adorn 
1577 • SUIT to clothe, to provide with a suit of clothes; to attire, to dress (arch.)
1588 • HABIT to clothe, to dress, to attire 
1599 • SKIN to clothe, to attire 
1611 • ADVEST to clothe (obs.)
1656 • RAIMENT to clothe (obs.)
1773 • DIGHT to clothe, to dress; to adorn, to deck oneself 
1785 • THEAK to clothe, to cover; to protect 
1793 • TOG to clothe, to dress 
1808 • HAP to clothe, to dress 
1885 • HABILITATE to clothe, to dress 

(also see COAT, OVERCOAT, etc. below)
(also see DRESSED)
(also see SHIRT, TROUSERS)
1300 • SINGLE marked by scantiness or simplicity of clothing (obs.)
1400 • UMEST uppermost, outermost; said of clothes (obs.)
1430 • FEAT becoming, well fitting, neat, elegant; hence of the wearer: neatly attired; said of dress (obs.)
1602 • RUSTY of clothes: faded through use; worn, shabby
1610 • PALLIATE wearing a cloak (obs.)
1621 • LAX loose-fitting, worn loosely; said of clothes 
1679 • WHITTERISH pale, faded, washed out; said of clothes which have lost their colour from the effect of the sun or from frequent washing, and are becoming whitish 
1704 • ADAMITICAL pert. to or resembling Adam; hence, as applied to clothing, scanty 
L18 • IN (FULL) FEATHER in one’s best clothes 
1801 • FEATLY neat, well-fitting; said of a dress (arch.)
1812 • SCOORY • SCOURIE • SCOURY shabby, worn, threadbare; said of clothes 
1825 • DABBY wet and clinging to the body; said of clothes 
1827 • HABILATORY pert. to clothing or garments; having reference to dressing; wearing clothes 
1831 • OTHER best, dressiest; said of clothes 
1831 • TOTHER best, dressiest; said of clothes 
1838 • GARBLESS without clothing 
M19 • HANKY-SPANKY smart, stylish; said of well-cut clothes 
1857 • TOGLESS without clothes; naked; also, without proper dress 
1892 • DANDY-GO-RUSSET old, worn-out, faded, rusty-coloured; said of clothes 
1895 • PEEKABOO said of a garment with decorative holes or slashes 
20C • OBSOCKY ill-fitting, mis-shapen; said of clothes 
1900s • BUTTERFLY gaudy, tasteless, flashy; said of clothes 
1903 • HARD-BOILED stiff, rigid; said of clothing 
1904Bk • SCARE scant, flimsy; said of apparel 
1905Bk • NEW-ON new, fresh; said of clothes 
1905Bk • THIEF-LIKE unbecoming, not handsome; said of dress 
1905Bk • UNDER-HAPPED not sufficiently clothed 
1929 • NIBBETY tight or close-fitting; cut rather short; said of clothes 
1930 • UNCASSEN not faded or worn; said of clothes 
1937 • PACE-NEW new for Easter; said of clothes 
1940 • STREAM-LINE • STREAM-LINED neatly and closely tailored; said of clothes 
1943 • RAGA-RAGA • RAGGA-RAGGA ragged, worn-out; said of clothes 
M20 • SHARP stylish, neatly fashionable, smart; said of clothes 
1954 • MEETING-GOING best, most formal; said of clothes 
1960s • QUILTY luxurious; said of clothes 
1970s • LAID TO THE BONE cut so well they seem a second skin; said of clothes 
1898Bk • BAHANGS hanging down untidily, ragged at the bottom; said of clothes 
1000 • HATERS clothes, clothing collectively  (obs.)
1000 • HATTERN clothes, clothing of all kinds, clothing collectively (obs.)
1000 • I-WEDE an item of clothing; a garment; also, a piece of armour (obs.)
1200 • HATERING clothing (obs.)
1225 • HABIT clothing, dress; bodily apparel or attire (arch.)
1230 • HATTERS clothes, clothing of all kinds (obs.)
1307 • DUDS clothing 
1341 • BACKS clothes (obs.)
1420 • HABIT a set or suit of clothes (arch.)
1440 • RAIMENT clothing, clothes, dress, apparel 
1477 • HABITS clothes, garments 
1483 • RAIMENT an article of clothing, a garment, a dress (obs.)
1491 • HABILIMENTS the apparel, vestments, or garments appropriate to any office or occasion; also applied jocularly or grandiloquently to ordinary clothes 
15859 • ABILIMENT clothing appropriate for someone’s job, status, etc. (obs.)
1586  ACCOUTREMENTS clothes, trappings, apparel
1593 • CASES clothes, garments (obs.)
1611 • ADVESTURE the act of clothing (obs.)
1624 • MAGAZINE a stock of clothing, wardrobe (obs.)
1637 • SUITING the act of clothing or attiring (obs.)
1656 • BACK-TIMBER clothing (obs.)
1664 • RIGGING an item of clothing; clothing, dress
1676 • LURRIES clothes, garments (obs.)
1696 • RUM RIGGING fine clothes 
1698 • TACKLE a person’s best clothes 
1701 • BULEMENTS clothes, garments 
1712 • BUSSING clothes, attire (obs.)
1724 • BRAWS a person’s best clothes; finery
1724 • HAP clothing, dress, a thick outer garment; a covering or wrap of any kind 
1729 • RIGGING a set of clothes, an outfit; dress; style 
1740 • FRIPPERY a place where old clothes were sold
1745 • WALLOP an article of ragged clothing; ragged clothing 
1747 • BEST BIB AND TUCKER a person’s smartest clothes 
1747 • WHILLY-WALLIES • WILLY-WALLIES fine clothes, finery 
1768 • HAVINGS clothing, dress, garments 
1768 • ICTA clothing
1775 • CAUSEY-CLOTHES clothes in which one may appear in public
1779 • TOGS clothing 
1787 • ABOULZIEMENT • ABULIEMENT clothing, dress; generally plural (obs.)
1790 • HAPPINGS clothes, esp. bed-clothes 
19C • FRIGGLE-FRAGGLES useless, vain ornaments of dress 
19C • MUFTI ordinary clothes worn by someone who usually wears a uniform to work 
19C • TACKLE any clothes 
E19 • EEL-SKINS any tight-fitting article of clothing; very tight trousers 
1805 • PACE-CLOTHES new clothes worn at Easter 
1809 • TOGGS clothes 
1812 • TOGGERY clothes collectively; garments 
1819 • MAN-MILLINERY clothing or apparel (e.g. uniforms, ecclesiastical vestments) to which men devote their attention trivially or unworthily 
1819 • TATTER-WALLOPS torn flapping clothing 
1823 • RIG-OUT a set of clothes, an outfit; dress; style 
1825 • PALLIONS useless or worn-out articles of clothing 
1825 • WALLIES fine clothes 
1826 • THREADS clothing 
1829 • CITS civilian clothes 
1830 • LONG TOGS landsmen’s clothes 
1832  • GARMENTURE clothing, array, attire 
1832 • REACH-ME-DOWNS secondhand or ready-made clothes 
1834 • FLASH-TOGGERY smart clothes 
1837 • LONG TOGGERY landsmen’s clothes 
1838 • THECKING • THEEKING clothing, covering to the body, etc. 
1843 • RIG a set of clothes, an outfit; dress; style 
1846 • SUNDAY BEST a person’s smartest clothes, orig. as worn on a Sunday 
1847 • GET-UP a set of clothes, esp. an unusual one 
1848 • WALLFLOWERS old clothes exposed for sale 
M19 • CANT OF TOGS a gift of clothes
M19 • LAYOUT a set of clothes .
M19 • OLD CLO old clothes 
M19 • RAG ALLEY the garment industry 
M19 • RAG FAIR the garment industry 
M19 • RAG TRADE the garment industry 
M19 • WARPAINT court dress, formal dress 
1851 • PAFFALDIN a quantity of unnecessary and heavy clothing 
1853 • BAGS clothes that hang loosely about the wearer; trousers 
1853 • HARNESS clothing, dress, garments; esp. a uniform 
1853 • HARTOGS good clothes that are gone to the bad, or are a long way past their best 
1855 • RAGGERY clothes, esp. women’s 
1860 • RAGS AND JAGS tattered clothing 
1862 • IKTA clothing
1862  TROTTING HARNESS a person’s best clothes 
1870 • DRAG women’s clothes worn by men 
1870 • GO-TO-MEETING BAGS best clothes 
1871 • UPPINGS new or repaired clothes, etc. 
1872 • FIZZMIGIGS absurd articles of dress 
1872 • GANGERY fine clothes; finery, tawdry apparel 
1873 • HABS clothes, garments 
1875 • HAP-WARM a warm, substantial article of dress 
1879 • CLOBBER clothing; gear, equipment 
1887 • ILL-BIND a bad shape or form; said of articles of dress (obs.)
1889 • CIVIES • CIVVIES  civilian clothes 
1890 • BIB AND TUCKER smart holiday clothes 
1892 • TROTTING RIGGINGS a person’s best clothes 
1894 • NUMBER an article of clothing; a garment 
1895 • BAIRN-CLOUTS a baby’s clothes 
1896 • RIG-UP a set of clothes, esp. an unusual one 
1896Bk • TRAPPATCH a rent in clothes 
1898 • BAD • BADD • BAUD an article of clothing; a suit of clothes 
1898 • DOG-ROBBERS civilian clothes worn by a naval officer on shore leave 
1898Bk • BECOMES a person’s best clothes 
1898Bk • BILIMENTS clothing, habiliments (obs.)
1899 • GLAD RAGS a person’s one’s smartest clothes
1899 • ONPUT that which is put on, dress; esp. used of an article of clothing that can be worn only once without cleaning, etc. 
1899 • ONPUTTING that which is put on, dress; esp. used of an article of clothing that can be worn only once without cleaning, etc.   
20C • CHECKEROO any item made of checked cloth, as a shirt, dress, etc. 
20C • CRUSH’N clothes which look good 
20C • DASHLIN second-best clothes 
20C • OLD DAMPA old clothes 
1900Bk • DIRTYING the wearing of clothes from one washing to another 
1900s • BAGGING clothing 
1901 • GLAD CLOTHES a person’s best clothes 
1901 • GLADS a person’s best clothes 
1901 • TACK a shred of clothing, the least covering of clothes, a ‘stitch’ 
1903Bk • ROAST-MEAT CLOTHES Sunday or holiday gear 
1904 • MONKEY CLOTHES evening clothes; a man’s formal dress; evening clothes 
1905 • DOLL RAGS clothes, personal belongings 
1905Bk • HACKLE clothing, covering, clothes 
1905Bk • HAP-GEAR clothing of all sorts 
1905Bk • TEUGS clothes; ‘togs’ 
1905Bk • THANK-YOU-SIR a secondhand article of clothing 
1911Bk • BOBANTILTER any dangling piece of dress 
1911Bk • BRAVERIE fine clothes, showy dress 
1913  PRETTIES fine or delicate clothes
1914Bk • SEA-GOING CLOTHES tailor made clothes 
1920s • WRAPPING clothes, esp. female
1925 • PNEUMONIA RIG a set of tropical clothing 
1926 • THREADS clothes, esp. a suit of clothes
1927 • FALL TOGS good and respectable clothes to be worn when on trial so as to create a favourable impression 
1930 • PALLION a big, unwieldy article of clothing; a clumsy, old-fashioned garment; a bundle of clothes 
1930s • SET OF THREADS fine clothing 
1931 • WHISTLE (AND FLUTE) a suit of clothes 
1932 • VINE a suit of clothes, esp. a stylish one, usually for a man 
1932 • VINES clothing
1938 • DRAPES clothes; a zoot suit 
1938 • SHIFT a change of clothes 
1938 • SHIFTING CLOTHES a change of clothes 
1939 • CUT-ME-DOWN a hand-me-down garment altered for a younger or smaller person
1939 • MOCKER • MOKKER clothing, dress, attire 
1940 • GIGGLE badly fitting items of clothing of the type issued to Australian service personnel during World War II 
1940s • ALABAMA WOOL cotton clothing, esp. underwear 
1940s • CIT DUDS • CIT RAGS  civilian clothes 
1940s • LAUNDRY clothes that are being worn 
1940s • RAH-RAH clothes fashionable among students in Black colleges 
1940s • SILKS expensive clothing, possibly actually made of silk 
1942 • FEATHERS a person’s best clothes 
1942 • FIG LEAVES clothes, esp. those that cover the private parts 
1947 • VINES a person’s best clothes 
1947Bk • SHAPE DRAPES clothes 
1947Bk • SOCK FROCK girl’s attractive clothes 
1947Bk • WHISTLE BAIT girl’s attractive clothes 
1950s • CAT CLOTHES fashionable clothing as favoured by jazz fans
1950s • OLD BADS old clothes 
1950s • OLD BROKE old clothes 
1950s • OLD NET ragged work-clothes 
1950s • RAGAMOFI • RAGAMORFI ragged clothes 
1950s • TAN-PAN-MI ragged, old work-clothes, esp. when very filthy 
1954 • GLAD GARMENTS a person’s best clothes 
1954 • OILIES work clothes 
1959 • DRAG clothing in general 
1960s • IJUWISHI expensive clothing 
1960s • RAGS any clothing, even the best; stylish, fashionable clothes 
1960s • SIMP TOGS best clothes; smart clothes 
1960s • STYLES expensive and attractive clothes 
1963 • DISMALS work clothes 
1965 • BEST FEATHERS a person’s best clothes 
1965 • CATTING CLOTHES a person’s best clothes 
1965 • FINE FEATHERS a person’s best clothes 
1965 • PASS-DOWN a piece of secondhand clothing 
1965 • PASS-ME-DOWN a piece of secondhand clothing 
1965 • PASS-ME-ON a piece of secondhand clothing 
1965 • PASS-ON a piece of secondhand clothing 
1966 • BEZZIES a person’s most respectable clothes; best clothes 
1966 • TRUNK a person’s best clothes 
1966 • TRUNK AND TRAY a person’s best clothes 
1967 • APPEARING-OUT CLOTHES best clothes for going to church, or parties, etc. 
1967 • CUT-DOWN a hand-me-down garment altered for a younger or smaller person
1968 • BAD RAGS stylish clothes; one’s best, most fashionable clothes 
1968 • BAG a man’s suit of clothes 
1968 • GRUBBIES old, comfortable clothing, esp. a T-shirt and jeans 
1968 • GRUBS old, comfortable clothing, esp. a T-shirt and jeans 
1969 • ONE-DAY CLOTHES a person’s best clothes 
1969Bk • GRUBS old, comfortable clothes
1970 • ALL-AND-ALL a person’s best clothes 
1970 • CHEST CLOTHES a person’s best clothes 
1970 • GLAD DUDS a person’s best clothes 
1970Bk • SKITS clothes
1972 • BAD CLOTHES stylish clothes; handsome or attractive attire 
1972 • BAD WEAVE stylish clothes; handsome or attractive attire 
1972 • FABRIC clothes, clothing in general 
1985 • FAG RAGS smart casual clothing
1985 • KIT clothing; often used in the context of undressing 
1988 • GUTTER WEAR fashionably shabby clothing 
1995 • FANCINESS items of clothing or jewellery that are expensive or flashy
1999 • SWAG clothes 
1999Bk • VISITING CARD any article of clothing or an object readily recognizable as belonging to a certain person
2000 • CK Calvin Klein™ clothing 
2004 • BLANG expensive, ostentatious clothing and jewellery
2006Bk • FRONTS clothing; a sports jacket
1225 • DUBBER a renovator of old clothes (obs.)
E17 • SILKWORM a person who wears silk clothes (obs.)
E19 • FANTAILER a person whose tail coat is excessively long 
1823 • BAGMAN a secondhand clothes street dealer 
1824 • DABBLE-DOCK a person with wet, draggled clothes (obs.)
1824 • DADGIL a person wearing ill-fitting clothes and with a foolish gait 
1837 • MAN-MERCER a person who deals in man’s wear 
1864 • CLOBBERER a patcher of clothes and shoes 
1896 • WARDROBE DEALER a dealer in secondhand clothes 
1901 • ALTERATION HAND a person who alters or remakes readymade clothes to suit customers’ requirements, or repairs or renovates old or secondhand garments 
1930 • PALLION a person who wears a lot of clothes 
1930s • ZOOT-SUITER a foolish, arrogant, vulgar young man, esp. when his image is boosted by flashy clothes 
1950 • CHESTERFIELD a person who enjoys dressing up, or who spends too much on clothes 
1950s • SAGA-BOY a young person who adopts a particular style of dressing, as tight-waisted jackets and peg-top trousers 
1953 • GARMENTEER a clothing dealer 
1965 • MISS MUGGINS a notional seller of out-of-fashion clothing 
1967 • PENGUIN a man wearing black-and-white evening dress, esp. one having a stiff or pompous demeanour 
1990s • ESPRIT CHICK a girl who wears only designer clothing and looks down on others who dress differently 
M19 • ALL BUM wearing a noticeably large bustle (a stuffed pad that emphasized the rear of the dress); said of a woman 
1910s • MORE CURTAINS! used by women to tease anyone passing by in evening dress 
1942Bk • WHO HUNG THAT MESS ON YOU? said when complimenting clothes 
1969 • GOT YOUR BOYFRIEND said when your skirt is turned up accidentally just a little 
1808 • SAIR to fit, to be large enough for; said of clothes 
1822 • NIP to fit tightly, to constrict; said of clothes 
1852 • SHIFT (ONESELF) to change clothes 
1866 • FAY to fit; said of a coat 
1866 • VAND to fit, to become the person; said of clothes (obs.)
1887 • FLASH THE DRAG to wear women’s clothes for immoral purposes 
1890Bk • CAST YOUR SKIN to pull off your clothes 
1897 • ILL-SET to be ill-becoming or unsuitable for; of clothes: to be ill-fitting 
1898Bk • CATCH UP of clothes: to dry
L19 • WRING ONESELF to change clothes 
1900Bk • DALLACK to wear clothes roughly or disorderly; to wear out; to drag or trail carelessly 
1904Bk • SCASH • SCASHLE • SCASS • SKASHLE to be careless about one’s dress 
1914Bk • DAGGLE DOWN to hang down or trail so as to draggle; said of a skirt 
1940 • CHANGE UP to change clothes 
1968 • HANG IT ON ONE’S BACK to spend too much on clothes, or to overdress; said of a woman 
1979 • SEASON to let dry by exposure to air; said of clothes 
1980s • SPORT to wear stylish clothes 
1999Bk • SNOWDROP to steal clothes from the washing line

700 • RAIL a cloak, dress, mangle, garment (obs.)
893 • HACKLE a cloak, mantle, outer garment (obs.)
1000 • CAP a cloak with a hood; a cape (obs.)
1000 • PALL a cloak, a robe, a mantle; in early times, esp. of rich stuff (obs.)
1375 • JACK a jacket; a short and close-fitting upper garment of men and women (obs.)
1425 • KELL a long cloak or garment; a shroud (obs.)
16C • TAIL the tail of a man’s coat, usually in the context of pickpocketing 
1565 • TOGEMAN(S) • TOGMAN a cloak; a (loose) coat; rarely, a gown 
1567 • CASTER a cloak (obs.)
1579 • MANDILL • MANDLE a loose coat or overcoat  (obs.)
M17 • CALLE a cloak or gown 
1670 • MISH-TOPPER an overcoat
1678  MANTEAU a cloak or gown (obs.)
L17 • VINEGAR a cloak, an overcoat 
E18 • BACK-CHEAT a cloak 
E18 • TOGGY  a cloak; a coat 
1716 • WRAP-RASCAL a coat (arch.)
1742 • TOGGY • TUGGY a kind of overcoat for the arctic regions, often made of beaver skins  (obs.)
1753 • UPPER SHELL an overcoat (obs.)
1781 • UPPER BENJAMIN an overcoat, a greatcoat 
1789 • CADDOW a cloak; a quilt, a coverlet 
1796 • WRAP-RASCAL a red cloak (obs.)
1797 • UPPER BEN an overcoat, a greatcoat (obs.)
1798 • LONG TOG a coat 
1798 • TOG a coat; any outer garment 
19C • ALL AFLOAT a coat 
19C • ALL NATIONS a coat of many colours or covered in patches 
19C • BUM-CURTAIN a jacket 
E19 • QUEER VINEGAR a worn-out woman’s cloak 
1807 • MUCKLE-COAT a great-coat, a top-coat 
1808 • LABBIE • LABEY • LABIE • LEBBIE the flap or skirt of a man’s coat or shirt 
1810 • BENJAMIN a coat 
1810 • MONKEY a greatcoat 
1810 • WRAPPER an overcoat; a top coat 
1810s • BENJIE • BENJY a coat 
1812 • BEN an overcoat 
1812 • BENNY an overcoat 
1812 • UPPER TOG a greatcoat  (obs.)
1821 • UPPER TUIG a greatcoat  (obs.)
1823 • UPPER TOGGER a greatcoat (obs.)
1823 • UPPER TOGGERY a greatcoat and hat  (obs.)
1835 • BANG-UP an overcoat with a cape and high collar 
1835 • SWALLOW-TAIL a dress coat 
1837 • JEMMY a shooting coat; a great-coat 
1844 • MANTY-COAT a lady’s loose coat 
M19 • KAPELLO a coat 
M19 • MUCKING-TOGS a mackintosh 
M19 • PATENT COAT a coat with the pockets on the inside, making it harder to pick 
M19 • TAOC a coat 
1857 • STEAM PACKET a jacket 
1860 • NOAH’S ARK a long, closely buttoned overcoat, fashionable
1866 • YACK a jacket (obs.)
1870 • REEFER a short all-round jacket 
1882 • GOSSAMER a lightweight raincoat 
1889 • BUM-FREEZER a short jacket (thought of as) not covering the buttocks 
1889 • BUM-PERISHER a short jacket (thought of as) not covering the buttocks 
1889 • BUM-SHAVER a short jacket (thought of as) not covering the buttocks 
1889 • BUM-STARVER a short jacket (thought of as) not covering the buttocks 
1889 • IMMENSIKOFF a fur-lined overcoat 
1891Bk • ARSE-HOLE-PERISHER a short jacket 
1891Bk • BUM-COOLER a short jacket 
1891Bk • CAPELLA a coat 
1891Bk • CLAW-HAMMER a dress coat 
1891Bk • COVER-ME-DECENTLY a coat 
1891Bk • JOSEPH a coat 
1891Bk • M.B. COAT a coat 
1891Bk • MONKEY-JACKET a coat 
1891Bk • PANUPETASTON a coat 
1891Bk • PYGOSTOLE a coat 
1891Bk • RELIEVER a coat 
1891Bk • ROCK-A-LOW a coat 
1891Bk • SHAVER a short jacket 
1891Bk • STEEL-PEN a dress coat 
1891Bk • ULSTER a coat 
1894 • LAMBY • LAMMY a heavy woollen overcoat 
1895 • BLICKEY a short coat or jacket 
1896Bk • I’M AFLOAT a coat 
1896Bk • ISLE-OF-FLING a coat 
1896Bk • JARVEL a jacket 
L19 • FANTAIL BANGER a morning coat 
L19 • OILER an oilskin or oilcloth coat and/or trousers 
L19 • RABBIT a coat made of, or lined with, rabbit fur 
L19 • SADDLE an overcoat 
L19 • TAILS a formal tailcoat 
20C • SPOON AND GRAVY a dinner jacket 
1901 • MAC • MACK a mackintosh; hence, any waterproof outer coat 
1903 • FISH a raincoat, esp. an oilskin 
1910 • RAG-HAPPER an overcoat 
1911 • TOG AND KICKS a coat and breeches 
1914 • EBIT a coat 
1918 • HORSE BLANKET a heavy overcoat 
1924 • BINNY a man’s overcoat 
1925 • BLANKET an overcoat 
1928 • IVORY FLOAT a coat 
1930s • RACKET JACKET the jacket of a  ‘zoot suit’ 
1932 • QUAKER OAT(S) a coat 
1937 • PUSSY a fur coat 
1940 • NANNY (GOAT) a coat  
1940s • SATCH a jacket 
1950 • MOG a fur coat 
1950s • ORIGINALS Levi jacket and jeans 
1958 • FISHSKIN a raincoat, esp. an oilskin 
1960s • JO-JOS a bulky coat without pockets 
1960s • SACK an overcoat, a jacket 
1967 • BUM JACKET a short jacket 
1967 • D.J. a dinner jacket 
1968 • DICKEY a denim jacket 
1970s • CAGGIE a cagoule (waterproof outer garment) or hooded anorak 
1984 • GRAVEYARD DUSTER a split-tailed coat 
1984 • KAGGIE a kagool (waterproof outer garment) 
1988 • MOUNTAIN GOAT a coat 
1992 • FAG (PACKET) a jacket 
700 • RAIL a garment, dress, mantle, cloak (obs.)
950 • OVERSLOP an outer garment; a loose, upper garment; a cassock or gown (obs.)
1300 • CLOTHING OF CARE mourning-dress (obs.)
1552 • VARDINGALE a framework of hoops formerly used by women to extend their skirts (obs.)
1621 • UNDER-BODY the lower part of a woman’s dress (obs.)
1639 • COVER-SLUT something worn to cover dirt, untidiness, or sluttishness; a garment to hide slovenliness (obs.)
1678 • MANTUA a loose gown worn by women in the 17th-18th centuries 
L17 • MISH-TOPPER a petticoat 
L17 • NUGGING-DRESS an odd or exotic dress, esp. a loose dress affected by, and characteristic of, harlots 
1724 • HABIT a gown or robe  (arch.)
1741 • INSIDE TOGE a waistcoat (obs.)
1741 • NIGHT GOWN a gown for lounging, not sleeping
1753 • UNDER SHELL a waistcoat (obs.)
1754 • QUELT a kilt (obs.)
1756 • SLAMMERKIN a loose gown or dress (obs.)
1775 • BISHOP the bustle of a woman’s dress (obs.)
1780 • ARTICLES a suit of clothes; trousers, breeches; possibly also underwear 
19C  • RAG an article of clothing, esp. a dress 
19C • ARSE-COOLER a bustle on a woman’s dress 
1810 • FECKET a waistcoat, an underjacket; a shirt
1818 • MANTY a gown; the material of which the gown is made 
1821 • TOILET a dress or costume, a gown 
1823 • RIG-OUT a suit of clothes; an outfit 
1825 • TIDY a pinafore or overall to keep clothes from dirt or grease 
1839 • FAN a waistcoat; a vest 
M19 • BEND a waistcoat 
M19 • WAIST TOG a waistcoat 
1851 • PINNY a pinafore 
1852 • NETHERLINGS clothing for legs 
1864 • SAVE-ALL a pinafore; overall 
1866 • RAIL a cheap, flimsy dress; a thin, flimsy, worthless piece of material 
1866 • ROPE a length of worthless material or a long dowdy dress 
1869 • PANNIER a frame of whalebone, wire, or other material, used to distend the skirt of woman’s dress at the hips 
1871 • NIGHTIE • NIGHTY a nightdress 
1880 • PEEK-A-BOO a girl’s blouse with perforations 
1880s • BACK-STAIRCASE a bustle on a woman’s dress 
1881 • EELSKIN-DRESS a tight-fitting dress 
1882 • CAMEL a bustle, or dress-improver 
1883 • FRILL-DE-DILLS laces, trimmings, ornaments on a dress 
1886 • FRUMP a dowdy dress
1888 • TAIL the skirt of a woman’s dress 
1890 • FALSE HEREAFTER a dress-improver or bustle 
1890 • WAMPUM AND WARPAINT evening dress 
1895 • MONKEY SUIT a formal evening dress suit; a tuxedo 
1899 • COAT a dress
1899 • SKIN-TIGHTS close-fitting leg garments 
1899 • WOOLLY a garment knitted from wool, esp. a sweater 
L19 • ANGEL SUIT a ‘combination’ suit, offering a coat and waistcoat made in one, with the trousers buttoned onto it 
L19 • ICE-CREAM SUIT a white linen suit 
L19 • ONE-LEG TROUSER a style of skirt, tight and straight, popular in the 1890s 
20C  • BIRD CAGE a lady’s bustle
20C • PREVIOUS of clothing: tight, snug
20C • SET OF DRAPES a ‘zoot suit’ 
20C • TIN FLUTE  a suit 
1900Bk • DAFFOCK a woman’s dress that is too short 
1900Bk • FALLOPS rags hanging about a dress; an untidy dress 
1905 • BILLIES overalls and blouse 
1905Bk • TIE a pinafore 
1917 • UNIONALLS overalls 
1918 • SOUP AND FISH a formal dress for evening wear 
1919 • FIDDLE (AND FLUTE) a suit 
1920 • TIN OF FRUIT  a suit 
1920s • BOWL OF FRUIT a suit 
1920s • BOX OF FRUIT  a suit 
1920s • X-RAY DRESS a translucent dress 
1922 • TUX a dinner jacket 
1924 • BAG OF FRUIT a suit 
1926 • MIDDLE-PIECE a vest 
1926 • THREADS clothes, esp. a suit of clothes
1927 • ALTOGETHERS a set of tights for the whole body 
1930 • JACKIE HOWE • JACKY HOWE a sleeveless vest worn esp. by sheep shearers and other rural workers 
1930s • JIMMIE HOWE • JIMMY HOWE a navy blue or black woollen singlet worn by Australian and New Zealand shearers and bushmen .
1930s • ZOOT SUIT a style of suit worn in the 1940s and 1950s, characterized by a long, draped jacket with padded shoulders and high-waisted tapering trousers  
1931 • WHISTLE (AND FLUTE) a suit 
1932 • SCIVVY • SKIVIE • SKIVVIE • SKIVVY a vest or undershirt 
1932 • VINE(S) a suit 
1938 • CHIPPY a dress worn by prostitutes, of knee length and very easy to disrobe 
1940s • KATZENJAMMER a catsuit 
1944 • PEDAL-PUSHERS calf-length trousers for women or girls; originally designed for a ‘pedal-pusher’ (bicyclist)
1944Bk • BLUE SERGE denims 
1944Bk • BLUE TUXEDOS  denims 
1947Bk • DROOPS long dresses 
1947Bk • SISSY CLOTHES tea-time dresses 
1947Bk • STATION WAGON a sweater of nubby yarn 
1947Bk • THREADS a suit of clothes 
1949 • EAST AND WEST a vest 
1950 • FLASH a suit of clothes 
1950 • PEEK-A-BOO any garment made from Swiss cotton 
1952 • THANKY-SUIT a suit given away; hence a rather worthless one 
1957 • MEXICAN CASHMERE a cotton sweatshirt 
1959 • DUCK SUIT a brown and tan camouflage suit, not dissimilar to the suit worn by a duck hunter, issued to US special forces in Vietnam 
1960 • TWINKLE-DRESS a sparkling party dress
1960s • PUSSY-PELMET a very short miniskirt
1960s • TIN OF BEANS jeans 
1960s • VI’S Levi-Strauss jeans 
1961 • PENGUIN SUIT a man’s formal evening wear; a black dinner jacket worn with a white shirt 
1963 • BAGGIES baggy shorts or trousers 
1964 • COCKRAG a loincloth worn by an aboriginal 
1965 • ALASKA TUXEDO a wool work suit 
1965 • ZOOT a man’s suit with a long loose jacket and high-waisted trousers, popular esp. in the 1940s 
1966 • BUNGALOW APRON a loose, full housedress that ties at the waist 
1968 • CARDIE • CARDY a cardigan 
1970 • DACKS • DAKS shorts or trousers 
1970 • DECKS overalls  
1970 • FAIRY LOOP a locker loop on the back of a man’s shirt 
1970Bk • LEES Levi jeans
1970s • BACK-OUT a woman’s dress cut very low in the back 
1970s • BALL GOWN a man’s suit 
1970s • MUSCLE SHIRT a T-shirt with very short sleeves or no sleeves, thus displaying the wearer’s physique 
1970s • MUSCLE TEE a T-shirt with very short sleeves or no sleeves, thus displaying the wearer’s physique 
1970s • T • TEE a T-shirt 
1970s • a suit 
1970s • WATERCRESS a dress 
1971Bk • HIGH WATERS jeans or trousers that are too short to cover the ankles
1972 • V-8s men’s shorts 
1973 • STUBBIES a brand of shorts 
1978 • BOOB-TUBE a woman’s close-fitting strapless top 
1979 • ALMOND ROCK a frock, a dress 
1980 • FAG TAG a locker loop on the back of a man’s shirt 
1980s • A.J. Armani jeans 
1982 • RA-RA SKIRT a tiered mini-skirt, worn by teenage girls in the 1980s 
1984 • PULLIE • PULLY a pullover; a jumper 
1985 • REEDS long shorts, favoured by surfers 
1986 • UNIONS overalls 
1987 • TRACKIE • TRACKY a tracksuit 
1989 • QUEEN CHARLOTTE TUXEDO a heavy grey Stanfield’s undershirt 
1990s • BATTY-RIDERS extremely short shorts or hot pants worn by females
1990s • PUSSY-PRINTER shorts so tight they outline the genital area
1990s • WIFE-BEATER a man’s sleeveless vest or T-shirt 
1992 • DAILY EXPRESS a dress 
1993 • DAISY DUKES • DAZZEY DUKS very short and very tight shorts 
1995 • FANNY PELMET a very short skirt 
1996 • DUKES cut-off blue jean shorts 
1996 • TRACKIE-BOTTOMS tracksuit trousers 
1998 • MUSTARD (AND CRESS) a dress 
1999 • DROGLE a dress 
2000 • TRACKIE DAKS tracksuit trousers 
2000s • AEROPLANE DRESS • AIRPLANE DRESS a dress with a long slit reaching the groin 
2000s • AEROPLANE SKIRT • AIRPLANE SKIRT a skirt with a long slit reaching the groin 
2002 • COOCHIE-CUTTERS very short shorts 
2004 • BUNNY HUG a girl’s hooded sweatshirt 
2004 • ONESIE a one-piece garment combining a top with trousers, worn as leisurewear 

1859 • MAIDEN a clothes-horse 
1905Bk • MAID a clothes-horse 
1905Bk • TAMSIN a little clothes-horse 

1833 ROPE a clothes-line

2003 C-47 a clothes peg 

1963 COOKIE-CUTTER in the garment industry: a manufacturer of cheap, mass-produced clothing


Updated: March 4, 2023