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Definition: a warm work jacket made as a belted cardigan, made of knitted or woven fabric.

Pronunciation: WA-mus


Introduced to American English in 1795, wamus stems from The Old High German word for stomach or belly was wamba and thus this word that represents a warm jacket attending to that area exactly. Interestingly enough, this is also the origin word for womb.

Why this word?

Because it is just so peculiar and funny! “One moment, let me grab my jacket” just sounds much more serious that “Give me a second to get my WAMUS!”.

I assure you that each and every use of this word would lead to at least a giggle, and that’s already worth it!

But moreover, wamus reminds us that previous centuries were as sensitive to work clothes as they are to fancy clothing. The original wamus wasn’t only made of a specific fabric (wool) and shape (cardigan)- it also had to be buttoned at neck and wrists. Then it was so to protect those areas; today it just looks good.

How to use the word wamus in a sentence?

Just in the way clarified above, but you must make sure all eyes and attention is yours at that moment, otherwise you’d have to repeat this word a few times to generate the wanted giggle, and then you’re just being weird…!


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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