"Sweater vest / sweatervest"

Barbara Need nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Thu Apr 27 15:52:16 UTC 2006

Is a sweater vest necessarily buttoned? (That is, is it a sleeveless
cardigan, a sleeveless pullover, or both?


>Thanks, arnold. It does look like I need to get out more. I was thinking
>that perhaps the sweater vest might *not* necessarily have the v-neck. I've
>read the term, "sweater vest," before, but, until today, I had no idea what,
>exactly, it referred to.
>On 4/26/06, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at csli.stanford.edu> wrote:
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>>  Poster:       "Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU>
>>  Subject:      Re: "Sweater vest / sweatervest"
>>  On Apr 26, 2006, at 3:03 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>>  > I've just heard the above term (the speaker was wearing one:
>>  > "According to Esquire, the sweater vest is in, this season") used
>>  > for what I've known, till now, only as a "sleeveless sweater."
>>  >
>>  > Is this another instance in which I need to get out more?
>>  possibly.
>>  the first sweater vest (so labeled)i recall buying was in 1958.
>>  actually, i bought three, as part of my going-to-college clothes.  i
>>  have regularly worn sweater vests ever since.
>>  they are, in my usage, not merely sleveless sweaters (though your
>>  usage of "sleveless sweater" might not be perfectly compositional),
>>  since sweater vests are always v-necked.
>>  plenty of googleable links, but apparently not in the OED.
>>  arnold
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